Antennaire, Antennaire Dioïque, Antennaria dioica, Antennariase Dioicae Flos, Cat's Ear Flower, Cudweed, Gnaphalium dioicum, Katsenpfotchenbluten, Life Everlasting, Mountain Everlasting, Patte de Chat, Pie de Gato, Pied de Chat Dioïque.
Cat’s foot is a plant. Its fresh or dried flowers are used to make medicine.
People take cat’s foot to treat intestinal disease and water retention.
Be careful not to confuse cat’s foot with cat’s claw or with ground ivy, which is sometimes called cat’s foot.
How does it work?
There is some evidence from animal experiments that cat’s foot might relieve intestinal spasms and increase bile flow. However, there isn’t enough information to know how it might work in people.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Intestinal disease.
- Water retention.
- 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).
Allergy to ragweed, daisies, and related plants: Cat’s foot may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae plant family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking cat’s foot.
The appropriate dose of cat’s foot 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 cat’s foot. 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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