- What other names is Iceland Moss known by?
- What is Iceland Moss?
- How does Iceland Moss work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Iceland Moss.
Iceland moss is used for treating irritation of the mouth and throat, loss of appetite, common cold, dry cough, bronchitis, indigestion, fevers, lung disease, kidney and bladder complaints, and the tendency toward infection.
Some people apply Iceland moss directly to poorly healing wounds.
In foods, Iceland moss is used as an emergency food source in Iceland.
In manufacturing, Iceland moss is used as a flavoring in alcoholic beverages.
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- Dry cough.
- Loss of appetite.
- Common cold.
- Lung disease.
- Kidney and bladder problems.
- Irritation or swelling (inflammation) of the mouth or throat.
- Wound healing, when applied to the skin.
- Other conditions.
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Iceland moss is regulated in the United States, and is allowed only as a flavoring agent in alcoholic beverages.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It might be UNSAFE to take Iceland moss during pregnancy. The concern is that Iceland moss can become contaminated with lead, and this can be harmful to the mother and unborn child.
Ulcers in the stomach or small intestine: Iceland moss can irritate the lining of the digestive tract. Don't take it if you have stomach or intestinal ulcers.
Medications taken by mouth (Oral drugs)
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.
Iceland moss contains a type of soft fiber called mucilage. Mucilage can decrease how much medicine the body absorbs. Taking Iceland moss at the same time you take medications by mouth can decrease the effectiveness of your medication. To prevent this interaction take Iceland moss at least one hour after medications you take by mouth.
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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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011