Abies gmelinii, European Larch, Gmelinii, Larix dahurica, Larix decidua, Larix europaea, Larix gmelinii var. gmelinii, Larix occidentalis, Mélèze Commun, Mélèze de Dahurie, Mélèze d’Europe, Mélèze de l’Ouest, Mélèze Pleureur, Pinus larix, Térébenthine de Mélèze, Térébenthine du Mélèze, Terebinthina Laricina, Terebinthina Veneta, Trementina del Alerce Europeo, Venetian Turpentine.
Larch turpentine is an oily substance taken from the trunk of a Larix decidua tree.
Larch turpentine is applied to the skin for treating nerve pain, joint pain, boils, fevers, colds, cough, bronchitis, tendency toward infection, blood pressure problems, and mouth and throat swelling and pain (inflammation).
How does it work?
When applied to the skin, larch turpentine can increase blood flow and prevent the growth of bacteria.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Nerve pain.
- Joint pain.
- Blood pressure problems.
- Swelling (inflammation) of the mouth and throat.
- 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).
Larch turpentine seems safe when used on unbroken skin. It might be UNSAFE when taken by mouth, applied to damaged or broken skin, or inhaled. When used improperly, larch turpentine can cause side effects such as allergic skin reactions, kidney problems, nerve system damage, or lung problems.
The appropriate dose of larch turpentine 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 larch turpentine. 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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