Gelsemium is a plant. Some people call it “woodbine.” This can be confusing because American ivy and honeysuckle are also known as “woodbine.” If you want gelsemium, look for its scientific name, which is Gelsemium sempervirens, Gelsemium nitidum, or Bignonia sempervirens.
Despite serious safety concerns, the root and underground stem (rhizome) of gelsemium are used to make medicine. Gelsemium is used as a painkiller for migraine headaches and for face pain (trigeminal neuralgia) caused by certain facial nerves. It is also used for asthma and other breathing problems.
How it works
Gelsemium contains substances that might act in the brain to reduce pain.
Not ProvenAsthmaPain due to migraine headachesPain due to a condition of facial nerves called trigeminal neuralgiaOther conditions
Gelsemium is UNSAFE. All parts of the plant are very poisonous. Even small amounts can cause serious toxicity, including death. Symptoms of poisoning include headache, vision problems, difficulty swallowing, dizziness, muscle problems, seizures, breathing problems, slowing of the heart, and others.
UNSAFEfor anyone to use gelsemium, but some people have extra reasons not to use it:Dosing considerations for Gelsemium.
Children: Do not give gelsemium to children. It can poison them, even in very small amounts.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's UNSAFE to use gelsemium. It is very poisonous.
Heart disease and weakness: Gelsemium is especially dangerous if you have a heart problem.
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