herbals castor-oil

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Castor oil

Scientific:Ricinus communis
Other:Castor oil

Indications

Musculoskeletal (topically)
osteoarthritis
myalgia
• lumbago
bursitis
plantar fasciitis

Note: when used with extracorporeal shockwave application shown to be more effect than ultrasound gels to decrease pain

Gastrointestinal
constipation (internally)
• liver detoxification (topically)

Gynecological
agalactia (topically)
• induces labour

Dermatologic
psoriasis
cellulite

Actions

antiinflammatory
• proinflammatory
• laxative
• purgative
• galactogogue (unclear)

Constituents

Castor oil
• fixed oil (ricinoleic acid) - obtained from seeds

Seeds
• ricin (toxic water soluble protein)

Posology

Externally
• Apply oil liberally to affected part

Internally
• 1-4 tsp willcause cramping and bowel movements within 4-6 hrs

Safety

• Seeds - the water soluble extract from the seeds contains ricin and is highly toxic resulting in death from 4-8 seeds. Only the oil is safe.

• Orally - the oil acts on both the small and large intestine producing colic and more rapid expulsion of the bowels. Long-term use as been shown to cause leaky gut syndrome in animals. Not recommend as first choice as a laxative.

References

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Bone K. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2000.

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Brinker F. The Toxicology of Botanical Medicines, 3rd ed. Sandy, Oregon: Eclectic Medical Publications, 2000.

Felter HW, Lloyd JU. King's American Dispensatory. 1898. http://www.ibiblio.org/herbmed/eclectic/kings/main.html. Accessed: August 19, 2006.

Hoffman D. Medical Herbalism. Rochester, Vermont: Healing Arts Press, 2003.

Weiss RF. Herbal Medicine. Beaconsfield, England: Beaconsfield Publishers Ltd, 1988.

Williamson EM, ed. Major Herbs of Ayurveda. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2002

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