- What other names is Smartweed known by?
- What is Smartweed?
- How does Smartweed work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Smartweed.
People take smartweed tea to stop bleeding from hemorrhoids, as well as menstrual bleeding and other uterine bleeding. They also use it to treat diarrhea.
Some people put smartweed directly on the skin to wash bloody wounds.
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- Stopping bleeding.
- Cleansing bloody wounds, when applied directly.
- Other conditions.
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When the fresh plant is handled it can cause skin irritation and swelling (inflammation).
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of smartweed during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Ulcers or other stomach and intestinal (gastrointestinal, GI) disorders: Smartweed can irritate the tissues that line the stomach and intestines, making ulcers and GI problems worse. Avoid using smartweed if you have ulcers or another GI disorder.
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.
Smartweed contains large amounts of vitamin K. Vitamin K is used by the body to help blood clot. Warfarin (Coumadin) is used to slow blood clotting. By helping the blood clot, smartweed might decrease the effectiveness of warfarin (Coumadin). Be sure to have your blood checked regularly. The dose of your warfarin (Coumadin) might need to be changed.
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