Samphire

What other names is Samphire known by?

Crest Marine, Criste-Marine, Criste Marine, Crithme, Crithmum maritimum, Fenouil Marin, Perce-Pierre, Peter's Cress, Pierce-Stone, Salicornia, Sampier, Sea Fennel.

What is Samphire?

Samphire is a plant. The parts that grow above the ground are used as medicine.

People take samphire to treat and prevent scurvy, a disease caused by a lack of vitamin C.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Scurvy, a vitamin-C deficiency disease.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of samphire for these uses.

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How does Samphire work?

Samphire contains vitamin C, which is used to treat and prevent scurvy.

Are there safety concerns?

Samphire might be safe for most people, but the possible side effects are unknown.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

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

Are there any interactions with medications?



Lithium
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.

Samphire might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking samphire might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.

Dosing considerations for Samphire.

The appropriate dose of samphire 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 samphire. 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