- What other names is Poinsettia known by?
- What is Poinsettia?
- How does Poinsettia work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Poinsettia.
Despite safety concerns, people take poinsettia to treat fever, stimulate breast milk production, and cause an abortion. They also take the latex to kill pain, kill bacteria, and cause vomiting.
Some people apply poinsettia latex directly to the skin (use topically) to remove hair, treat warts, and heal other skin disorders. It also used topically for toothaches.
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- Warts, when applied directly.
- Skin disorders, when applied directly.
- Toothache, when applied directly.
- Other conditions.
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rash; severe eye irritation; and irritation or burns to the mouth, throat, stomach, and intestinal linings.
Recent studies indicate that the plant is less toxic than once believed. The American Association of Poison Control Centers reported 22,793 cases of potential poisoning with no fatalities and 92.4% with no toxicity.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Children: Poinsettia might be UNSAFE in children when taken by mouth or applied to the skin. Poinsettia might have caused the poisoning death of a 2-year-old child.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It might be UNSAFE to use poinsettia if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Don't use it.
Digestive tract disorders such as stomach ulcer, irritable bowel disease, and Crohn's disease: Poinsettia might irritate the digestive tract. Don't use it if you any of these conditions.
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