Turkey Corn

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What other names is Turkey Corn known by?

Bleeding Heart, Dicentra cucullaria, Dicentre à Capuchon, Dicentre Capuchon-Jaune, Dicentre Nain, Dutchman's Breeches, Squirrel Corn, Staggerweed.

What is Turkey Corn?

Turkey corn is a plant. The fleshy root (tuber) is used to make medicine.

Despite serious safety concerns, people take turkey corn for digestion problems, urinary tract diseases, and skin rashes. Women take it for menstrual disorders.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Digestive problems.
  • Menstrual disorders.
  • Urinary tract diseases.
  • Skin rashes.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of turkey corn for these uses.

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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How does Turkey Corn work?

Turkey corn might help the body get rid of extra fluids by increasing urine production.

Are there safety concerns?

Turkey corn seems to be UNSAFE. It may cause poisoning.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Since turkey corn seems to be UNSAFE, it's best to avoid use, especially if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Are there any interactions with medications?



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

Turkey corn might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking turkey corn 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 Turkey Corn.

The appropriate dose of turkey corn 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 turkey corn. 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.

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Reviewed on 3/29/2011 12:35:40 PM

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