Immortelle

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What other names is Immortelle known by?

Common Shrubby Everlasting, Eternal Flower, Gnaphale des Sables, Goldilocks, Helichrysum arenarium, Herbe à Curry, Immortelle des Dunes, Immortelle des Sables, Perlière des Sables, Pluma de Príncipe, Siempreviva del Monte, Yellow Chaste Weed.

What is Immortelle?

Immortelle is a plant. The dried flower is used to make medicine.

People take immortelle for liver and gallbladder disorders, including gallstones with accompanying cramps. It is also used to treat upset stomach (dyspepsia), loss of appetite, and fluid retention; to stimulate bile flow; and to fight germs.

Be careful not to confuse immortelle with sandy everlasting (Helichrysum angustifolium) or with immortal (Asclepias asperula).

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Gallstones and other gallbladder problems.
  • Liver disorders.
  • Upset stomach (dyspepsia) .
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Stimulating bile flow.
  • Fighting bacteria.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of immortelle for these uses.

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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How does Immortelle work?

There isn't enough information to know how immortelle might work.

Are there safety concerns?

There isn't enough information to know if immortelle is safe.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of immortelle during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Gallstones: Immortelle may cause colic (stomach cramps) in people with gallstones.

Blocked bile duct: Don't use immortelle if you have a blocked bile duct, because immortelle might stimulate the flow of bile.

Allergy to ragweed, daisies, and related plants: Immortelle may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae plant family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking immortelle.

Dosing considerations for Immortelle.

The appropriate dose of immortelle depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for immortelle. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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Reviewed on 3/29/2011 12:35:40 PM

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