• digestive complaints caused by acid damaging mucous membranes
- gastic ulcer (H. pylori)
- gastric esophageal reflux disease (GERD)
Note: although salicylates are known to cause ulcers paradoxically, meadowsweet has anti-ulcerogenic effects. Mechanism remains unclear.
• rheumatic condtions
- osteoarthritis (OA)
- rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
• Simple phenolics (e.g. salicylates)
• Tincture (1:5 in 45% EtOH): 2-4 ml tid
• Infusion (dried herb): 1-2 tsp tid
Note: antiulcerogenic properties are associated with an aqueous extract of the flowers.
Contraindications: Pregnancy and lactation; safety has not yet been established with respect to salicylates.
Cautions: Aspirin sensitivity, children (Reye's syndrome).
High doses: May lead to metabolic acidosis with compensatory respiratory alkalosis.
• Anticoagulants (Coumadin) - Caution: it may increasing bleeding time due to salicyclates.
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