Ox-Eye Daisy

What other names is Ox-eye Daisy known by?

Butter Daisy, Chrysanthème Leucanthème, Chrysanthemum leucanthemum, Dun Daisy, Golden Daisy, Goldenseal, Grande Marguerite, Great Ox-Eye, Herb Margaret, Horse Daisy, Horse Gowan, Margarita, Marguerite, Marguerite Blanche, Marguerite des Champs, Marguerite Commune, Marguerite Vulgaire, Maudlin Daisy, Maudlinwort, Moon Daisy, Moon Flower, Moon Penny, Poverty Weed, White Daisy, White Weed.

What is Ox-eye Daisy?

Ox-eye daisy is a plant. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine. Though ox-eye daisy is sometimes known as goldenseal, it is unrelated to the plant more commonly called goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis).

Ox-eye daisy is used for the common cold, cough, bronchitis, fever, sore mouth and throat, liver and gallbladder complaints, loss of appetite, muscle spasms, fluid retention, and tendency toward infection. It is also used as a tonic.

Some people apply ox-eye daisy directly to the skin for pain and swelling (inflammation), wounds, and burns.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Common cold.
  • Cough.
  • Bronchitis.
  • Fever.
  • Sore mouth and throat.
  • Liver and gallbladder problems.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Muscle spasms.
  • Fluid retention.
  • Skin swelling (inflammation).
  • Wounds.
  • Burns.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of ox-eye daisy for these uses.

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How does Ox-eye Daisy work?

There isn't enough information to know how ox-eye daisy might work.

Are there safety concerns?

There isn't enough information to know if ox-eye daisy is safe.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

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

Allergy to ragweed and related plants: Ox-eye daisy may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae 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 ox-eye daisy.

Dosing considerations for Ox-eye Daisy.

The appropriate dose of ox-eye daisy 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 ox-eye daisy. 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