• general inflammation of GI tract
- gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD)
- gastric ulcers
- apthous ulcers
• irregular bowels
• irritated mucous membranes
- urinary tract infections (UTI)
• dry cough
• mild expectorant
• Processed food and cosmetics - isolated carrageenan
• Gel (carrageenan)
• Decoction (dried seaweed): soak 1 oz of the dry seaweed in 500ml of water for 45 mins, then boil in 1.5 L of water for 15 mins.
Contraindications: Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD); carrageenan may cause inflammation.
Caution: some people are sensitive to foods containing carrageenan.
Medications - Take medications away from mucilage because it can decrease their absorption and impair their effectiveness.
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