February 13, 2016

Ground Ivy

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How does Ground Ivy work?

Ground ivy might work as an astringent to dry out body fluids such as mucous and to help stop bleeding.

Are there safety concerns?

Ground ivy is possibly safe in the amounts used to flavor foods and in small doses as medicine. However, it is known to contain substances which can damage the liver and also cause miscarriages. Larger amounts can irritate the stomach, intestines, and kidneys, and have toxic effects on the liver.

Do not use ground ivy if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You have liver problems.
  • You have kidney problems.
  • You have epilepsy or seizures.

Dosing considerations for Ground Ivy.

The appropriate dose of ground ivy 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 ground ivy. 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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