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Mezereon is a shrub. Historically, its bark was used to make medicine. But mezereon is seldom used medicinally these days due to serious safety concerns and because it is a protected plant species.
It is sometimes applied directly to joints to relieve pain and increase blood circulation.
How does it work?
Mezereon might stimulate the skin.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Joint pain, when applied to the skin.
- Increasing circulation, when applied to the skin.
- Other conditions.
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).
Mezereon is UNSAFE when taken by mouth. It can cause many serious side effects including redness and swelling of the mouth, upset of the digestive tract, blood in the urine, hallucinations, increased heart rate, spasms, and death.
Mezereon might also be UNSAFE when applied directly to the skin. Skin contact with mezereon can cause red, painful swelling of the skin, blisters, and permanent skin damage (necrosis). Contact with the eyes can cause severe eye swelling and irritation.
The appropriate dose of mezereon 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 mezereon. 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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