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Brand Names:

Generic Name: clove (Pronunciation: KLOVE)

What is clove ()?

The use of clove in cultural and traditional settings may differ from concepts accepted by current Western medicine. When considering the use of herbal supplements, consultation with a primary health care professional is advisable. Additionally, consultation with a practitioner trained in the uses of herbal/health supplements may be beneficial, and coordination of treatment among all health care providers involved may be advantageous.

Clove is also known as Eugenia carylphyllata, caryophyllus, and eugenol.

Clove is a commonly used flavoring agent and food product. Clove is also available as an herbal supplement. The information contained in this leaflet refers to the use of clove as an herbal supplement. When used as a food product, the benefits and potential side effects of clove may be less pronounced than when it is used as an herbal supplement.

Clove has been used for the topical treatment of toothache. Clove has also been used for the common cold, cough, and inflammation of the mouth or throat.

Clove has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of clove may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. There have been instances where herbal/health supplements have been sold which were contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.

Clove may also have uses other than those listed in this product guide.

What are the possible side effects of clove ()?

Although uncommon, allergic reactions to clove have been reported. Stop taking clove and seek emergency medical attention if you experience symptoms of a serious allergic reaction including difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives.

Irritation of the skin and mucous membranes has been reported with the use of clove. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What is the most important information I should know about clove ()?

Clove is a commonly used flavoring agent and food product. Clove is also available as an herbal supplement. The information contained in this leaflet refers to the use of clove as an herbal supplement. When used as a food product, the benefits and potential side effects of clove may be less pronounced than when it is used as an herbal supplement.

Do not use clove without first talking to your doctor if you have a bleeding or blood clotting disorder, or if you are taking any medicines to prevent or treat a blood clotting disorder. Clove has been reported to affect blood clotting.

Clove has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of clove may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. There have been instances where herbal/health supplements have been sold which were contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.



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