Mountain Flax

What other names is Mountain Flax known by?

Dwarf Flax, Fairy Flax, Lin Cathartique, Lin des Montagnes, Lin Purgatif, Linum catharticum, Mill Mountain, Purging Flax.

What is Mountain Flax?

Mountain flax is a plant. The flowering parts are used to make medicine.

People take mountain flax to cause vomiting and to empty the bowels.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Causing vomiting.
  • Emptying the bowels.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of mountain flax for these uses.

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How does Mountain Flax work?

Mountain flax might help stool move through the bowels.

Are there safety concerns?

Mountain flax might be UNSAFE for some people, especially with long-term use. It can cause some side effects such as vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach and intestinal swelling.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Mountain flax is UNSAFE to use during pregnancy because it can cause vomiting.

Dosing considerations for Mountain Flax.

The appropriate dose of mountain flax 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 mountain flax. 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