Hemlock Spruce

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About

Hemlock spruce is a plant. People use the needles and the oil distilled from the needles, branch tips, or branches of fresh fir shoots for medicine.

Hemlock spruce is used for coughs, the common cold, bronchitis, tuberculosis, fever, pain and swelling (inflammation) of the mouth and throat, muscle and nerve pain, and arthritis. It is also used to fight bacterial infections.

Some people apply hemlock spruce directly to the affected area for inflammation of the respiratory tract, arthritis pain, nerve pain, and for feelings of tension. It is also used topically to improve circulation and as a bath additive for people who are mentally ill.

Hemlock spruce is very similar sounding to water hemlock and European water hemlock, which are entirely different plants. Be careful not to confuse hemlock spruce with either form of water hemlock, because the water hemlocks are very toxic.

How it works

There isn't enough information to know how hemlock spruce might work.

Effectiveness

Not Proven
Coughs
The common cold
Bronchitis
Fevers
Pain and swelling (inflammation) of the mouth and throat
Muscle and nerve pain
Arthritis
Bacterial infection
Arthritis pain
Tuberculosis
Other conditions

Concerns

It is not known if hemlock spruce is safe or what the potential side effects might be.

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Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of hemlock spruce duringpregnancyandbreast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.Dosing considerations for Hemlock Spruce.

Asthma: There is a concern that hemlock spruce might make asthma worse. Don't use it.

Whooping cough: There is a concern that hemlock spruce might make whooping cough worse. Don't use it.

Broken skin: Hemlock spruce should not be applied to broken skin.

Heart problems: Hemlock spruce might make heart problems worse. Don't use it.

Interactions

No information available.

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