Marsh Blazing Star

What other names is Marsh Blazing Star known by?

Backache Root, Blazing-Star, Button Snakeroot, Colic Root, Devil's Bite Prairie-Pine, Gayfeather, Gay-Feather, Laciniaria spicata, Liatride, Liatride à Épis, Liatris, Liatris callilepis, Liatris à Épis, Liatris spicata, Plume du Kansas, Serratula spicata.

What is Marsh Blazing Star?

Marsh blazing star is a plant. The ground root is used as a medicinal tea.

People take marsh blazing star for kidney disorders, fluid retention, painful menstrual periods, and gonorrhea.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Kidney problems.
  • Fluid retention.
  • Painful menstrual periods.
  • Gonorrhea.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of marsh blazing star for these uses.

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How does Marsh Blazing Star work?

Marsh blazing star contains the chemical coumarin, which might improve blood flow.

Are there safety concerns?

There isn't enough information to know if marsh blazing star is safe. It can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, inability to sleep (insomnia), and liver damage. When marsh blazing star comes in contact with the skin, it might cause skin irritation and allergic reactions.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

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

Allergy to ragweed, daisies, and related plants: Marsh blazing star 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 marsh blazing star.

Dosing considerations for Marsh Blazing Star.

The appropriate dose of marsh blazing star 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 marsh blazing star. 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.

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