- What other names is Skunk Cabbage known by?
- What is Skunk Cabbage?
- How does Skunk Cabbage work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Skunk Cabbage.
People take skunk cabbage for a wide variety of conditions. It is used to treat breathing problems including swollen airways (bronchitis), asthma, cough, and whooping cough. It is also used for painful conditions such as joint and muscle pain (rheumatism), headache, and toothache. Some people use it for nervous system disorders including spasms, convulsions, and epilepsy. Skunk cabbage is used for treating infections such as worms, ringworm, and scabies. Other uses include treatment of cancer, fluid retention, excessive bleeding (hemorrhage), anxiety, snakebite, skin sores, splinters, swellings, and wounds. Skunk cabbage is also used to stimulate the digestive system.
As a food, the young leaves, roots, and stalks are boiled and eaten.
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- Whooping cough.
- Joint and muscle pain (rheumatism).
- Fluid retention.
- Excessive bleeding (hemorrhage).
- Skin sores.
- Stimulating the digestive system.
- Other conditions.
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nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, decreased vision, and stomach cramps.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It is POSSIBLY UNSAFE to use skunk cabbage if you are pregnant. It could start your period or cause the uterus to contract. This might cause a miscarriage.
There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking skunk cabbage if you are breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Stomach or intestinal disorders (such as gastroesophageal reflux disease [GERD], ulcers, ulcerative colitis, or Crohn's disease): Taking skunk cabbage might make these conditions worse.
Kidney stones: Skunk cabbage contains oxalate, a chemical that the body uses to make kidney stones. Taking skunk cabbage might make kidney stones worse.
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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