CNS (green oat straw)
• nervous system exhaustion from overwork
• drug addiction withdrawal (traditional use)
- smoking cessation
Cardiovascular (rolled oats)
Dermatologic (rolled oats, topical application)
• irritated skin
• dry skin
Gastrointestinal (rolled oats)
• inflammation of upper GI tract
- peptic ulcers
• irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
• inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) †
- Crohn's disease (not during acute flare-ups)
• Triterpenoid saponins (e.g. avenacosides)
• Soluble fiber (e.g. β -glucan)
• Proteins (e.g. Avenin)
• Tincture (1:5 in 45% EtOH) 1-5 ml tid
• Fluid extract (1:1 in 25% EtOH) 0.6-2 ml tid
• Rolled oats (steel cut): 30 g for porridge
Generally considered safe when used as indicated.
†Caution: Avoid use during acute flare-ups of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Celiac disease patients need to be assessed for oat sensitivities.
Celiac disease: Oats do not contain gliadin, however, the avenins
share similarities and co-sensitivities. Elimination and reintroduction to rule-out oat sensitivities is recommended.
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