- What other names is Chickweed known by?
- What is Chickweed?
- How does Chickweed work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Chickweed.
Alsine media, Capiqui, Fleur en Satin, Herbe de Langue, Hierba Gallinera, Morgeline, Mouron des Oiseaux, Pamplina, Star Chickweed, Starweed, Stellaire Intermédiaire, Stellaire Moyenne, Stellaria media.
Chickweed is a plant. The leaf is used to make medicine.
People take chickweed for constipation, stomach and bowel problems, blood disorders, asthma and other lung diseases, obesity, a vitamin C deficiency disease called scurvy, a skin condition called psoriasis, rabies, itching, and muscle and joint pain.
Chickweed is sometimes applied directly to the skin for skin problems including boils, abscesses, and ulcers.
In foods, chickweed is eaten in salads or served as cooked greens.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Stomach and bowel problems.
- Muscle and joint pain.
- Skin conditions including boils, abscesses, and ulcers, when applied directly to the skin.
- Other conditions.
There isn't enough information to know how chickweed might work. While some people try chickweed for a vitamin C deficiency disease called scurvy, the amount of vitamin C in chickweed is too small to be effective.
Chickweed is LIKELY SAFE for most adults when taken by mouth, but the potential side effects are not known. It is not known if applying chickweed to the skin is safe or what the potential side effects might be.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking chickweed if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
The appropriate dose of chickweed 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 chickweed. 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).
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Health Solutions From Our Sponsors
Guarrera, P. M., Forti, G., and Marignoli, S. Ethnobotanical and ethnomedicinal uses of plants in the district of Acquapendente (Latium, Central Italy). J Ethnopharmacol. 1-15-2005;96(3):429-444. View abstract.
Guil, J. L., Rodriguez-Garcia, I., and Torija, E. Nutritional and toxic factors in selected wild edible plants. Plant Foods Hum.Nutr. 1997;51(2):99-107. View abstract.
Jovanovic, M., Poljacki, M., Mimica-Dukic, N., Boza, P., Vujanovic, Lj, Duran, V., and Stojanovic, S. Sesquiterpene lactone mix patch testing supplemented with dandelion extract in patients with allergic contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis and non-allergic chronic inflammatory skin diseases. Contact Dermatitis 2004;51(3):101-110. View abstract.
Kumarasamy, Y., Cox, P. J., Jaspars, M., Nahar, L., and Sarker, S. D. Screening seeds of Scottish plants for antibacterial activity. J Ethnopharmacol 2002;83(1-2):73-77. View abstract.
Morita, H., Iizuka, T., Choo, C. Y., Chan, K. L., Itokawa, H., and Takeya, K. Dichotomins J and K, vasodilator cyclic peptides from Stellaria dichotoma. J Nat.Prod. 2005;68(11):1686-1688. View abstract.
Poljacki, M., Jovanovic, M., Boza, P., Mimica-Dukic, N., Petrovic, A., and Novovic, Z. [Is Vojvodina a risk area for contact weed allergies?]. Med Pregl. 2005;58(3-4):123-126. View abstract.
Jovanovic M, Mimica-Dukic N, Poljacki M, Boza P. Erythema multiforme due to contact with weeds: a recurrence after patch testing. Contact Dermatitis 2003;48:17-25. View abstract.
Lin LT, Liu LT, Chiang LC, Lin CC. In vitro anti-hepatoma activity of fifteen natural medicines from Canada. Phytother Res 2002;16:440-4. View abstract.