- What other names is Hemlock Spruce known by?
- What is Hemlock Spruce?
- How does Hemlock Spruce work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Hemlock Spruce.
Hemlock spruce is used for coughs, the common cold, bronchitis, tuberculosis, fever, pain and swelling (inflammation) of the mouth and throat, muscle and nerve pain, and arthritis. It is also used to fight bacterial infections.
Some people apply hemlock spruce directly to the affected area for inflammation of the respiratory tract, arthritis pain, nerve pain, and for feelings of tension. It is also used topically to improve circulation and as a bath additive for people who are mentally ill.
Hemlock spruce is very similar sounding to water hemlock and European water hemlock, which are entirely different plants. Be careful not to confuse hemlock spruce with either form of water hemlock, because the water hemlocks are very toxic.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- The common cold.
- Pain and swelling (inflammation) of the mouth and throat.
- Muscle and nerve pain.
- Bacterial infection.
- Arthritis pain.
- Other conditions.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
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Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of hemlock spruce during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Asthma: There is a concern that hemlock spruce might make asthma worse. Don't use it.
Whooping cough: There is a concern that hemlock spruce might make whooping cough worse. Don't use it.
Broken skin: Hemlock spruce should not be applied to broken skin.
Heart problems: Hemlock spruce might make heart problems worse. Don't use it.
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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011