Balmony, Bitter Herb, Cabeza de Tortuga, Chelone, Chelone glabra, Galane, Galane à Épi, Galane Glabre, Hummingbird Tree, Salt-rheum Weed, Shellflower, Snakehead, Tête de Tortue, Turtlebloom.
Turtle head is a plant. The parts of the plant that grow above the ground are used to make medicine. Be careful not to confuse turtle head (Chelone glabra) with red turtle head (Chelone obliqua).
People take turtle head to treat constipation and empty the bowels.
How does it work?
It is not known how turtle head might work.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Emptying the bowels.
- 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).
The appropriate dose of turtle head 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 turtle head. 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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