Turtle Head

What other names is Turtle Head known by?

Balmony, Bitter Herb, Cabeza de Tortuga, Chelone, Chelone glabra, Galane, Galane à Épi, Galane Glabre, Hummingbird Tree, Salt-rheum Weed, Shellflower, Snakehead, Tête de Tortue, Turtlebloom.

What is Turtle Head?

Turtle head is a plant. The parts of the plant that grow above the ground are used to make medicine. Be careful not to confuse turtle head (Chelone glabra) with red turtle head (Chelone obliqua).

People take turtle head to treat constipation and empty the bowels.

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More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of turtle head for these uses.

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How does Turtle Head work?

It is not known how turtle head might work.

Are there safety concerns?

Turtle head might be safe when taken by mouth, but the possible side effects are not known.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

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

Dosing considerations for Turtle Head.

The appropriate dose of turtle head 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 turtle head. 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