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Savin Tops

What other names is Savin Tops known by?

Chaparra, Coronas de Sabino, Genévrier Sabine, Juniperus sabina, Sabina, Sabina Chaparra, Sabina Rastrera, Sabina Real, Sabina Terrera, Sabine, Sabinier, Savin, Savine, Sommités du Genévrier Sabine.

What is Savin Tops?

Savin tops are the top parts of the savin plant. The branches and leaves are used to make medicine.

Despite serious safety concerns, women take savin tops to cause an abortion.

Some people apply a powder made from savin tops directly to the skin to treat genital warts.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Causing an abortion.
  • Genital warts, when applied to the skin.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of savin tops for these uses.

How does Savin Tops work?

Warts, including genital warts, are caused by viruses. Savin tops contain chemicals that might be able to fight some viruses.

Are there safety concerns?

Savin tops are UNSAFE and can cause death if taken by mouth as a powder or tea. Taking only six drops of the volatile oil can also cause death.

Symptoms of poisoning by savin tops include queasiness, abnormal heart rhythm, spasms, kidney damage, blood in the urine, paralysis, and unconsciousness. Taking savin tops by mouth can also cause severe irritation of the lungs (pneumonitis), digestive tract (gastroenteritis), liver (hepatitis), and kidney (nephritis).

When applied to the skin, savin-tops can cause skin irritation, blisters, and damage from dead cells (necroses).

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Savin tops shouldn't be used by anyone. People with the following conditions may be at even higher risk of side effects:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's UNSAFE to take savin tops or apply them to the skin because of the overall toxicity of this product. Additionally, savin tops might cause a miscarriage.

Swelling (inflammation) of the skin, eyes, nose, mouth, or throat: Chemicals in savin tops might make these conditions worse.

Dosing considerations for Savin Tops.

The appropriate dose of savin tops 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 savin tops. 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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Reviewed on 9/17/2019

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