July 30, 2016

Alkanna

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What other names is Alkanna known by?

Alkanet, Alkanna lehmanii, Alkanna Radix, Alkanna tinctoria, Alkanna tuberculata, Anchusa, Anchusa bracteolata, Anchusa tuberculata, Buglosse des Teinturiers, Dyer's Bugloss, Henna, Lithospermum lehmanii, Orcanète, Orcanette, Orcanette des Teinturiers, Orchanet, Radix Anchusae.

What is Alkanna?

Alkanna is a plant. The root is used to make medicine.

Despite serious safety concerns, people use alkanna for diarrhea and stomach ulcers.

Alkanna is sometimes applied directly to the skin to heal wounds and treat skin diseases.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Stomach ulcers.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Skin diseases, when applied to the skin.
  • Wounds, when applied to the skin.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of alkanna for these uses.

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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