Mountain Flax

Reviewed on 6/11/2021
Other Name(s):

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

Overview

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.

How does it work?

Mountain flax might help stool move through the bowels.

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Uses & Effectiveness

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.

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).

Side Effects

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.

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Special Precautions & Warnings

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

Dosing

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.

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References

Gruenwald J, Brendler T, Jaenicke C. PDR for Herbal Medicines. 1st ed. Montvale, NJ: Medical Economics Company, Inc., 1998.