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Lousewort

What other names is Lousewort known by?

Bracteate Lousewort, Bracted Lousewort, Bracted Pedicularis, Common Lousewort, Dwarf Lousewort, Early Lousewort, Pedicularis bracteosa, Pedicularis canadensis, Pedicularis centranthera, Pedicularis gracilis, Pedicularis longiflora, Pedicularis siphonantha, Pinyon-Juniper Lousewort, Wood Betony.

What is Lousewort?

Lousewort is a group of plants. The leaves are used to make medicine.

People take lousewort by mouth to invigorate and strengthen the heart.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • To strengthen the heart.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of lousewort for these uses.

How does Lousewort work?

Lousewort contains chemicals that might work as antioxidants.

Are there safety concerns?

It isn't known if lousewort is safe or what the possible side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

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

Iron-deficiency anemia: Lousewort contains chemicals that bind to iron. In theory, this might reduce the amount of iron that the body absorbs from food and supplements.

Dosing considerations for Lousewort.

The appropriate dose of lousewort 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 lousewort. 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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