herbals irish-moss

RECND375

Irish Moss

Scientific:Chondrus crispus
Other:Irish Moss

Indications

Gastrointestinal
• general inflammation of GI tract
- esophagitis
- gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD)
- gastritis
- laryngitis
- colitis
- gastric ulcers
- apthous ulcers
• irregular bowels
- constipation
- diarrhea

Urinary
• irritated mucous membranes
- cystitis
- urinary tract infections (UTI)
- urethritis

Respiratory
• dry cough
• mild expectorant
bronchitis

Other
• Processed food and cosmetics - isolated carrageenan

Actions

demulcent
expectorant
antitussive
• nutritive

Constituents

• Gel (carrageenan)

Posology

• 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.

Safety

Contraindications: Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD); carrageenan may cause inflammation.

Caution: some people are sensitive to foods containing carrageenan.

Interactions

Medications - Take medications away from mucilage because it can decrease their absorption and impair their effectiveness.

References

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