Osha

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About

Osha is a plant. Historically, the root has been used as medicine by Native American and Hispanic cultures.

Today, osha is used for sore throat, bronchitis, cough, common cold, influenza, swine flu, and pneumonia. It is also used to treat other viral infections including herpes and AIDS/HIV. Some people use it for indigestion.

Some people apply osha directly to the skin to keep wounds from getting infected.

Be careful not to confuse osha with the very poisonous plant hemlock. The leaves of the two plants are very similar. Osha must be identified by the root, which people say has an unpleasant celery-like odor. Be sure to buy osha from a reputable source, so you can feel confident that the product really is osha.

Osha grows at higher elevations in the western US and is difficult to cultivate. The popularity of osha has led to over-harvesting of the wild plant. As a result, osha has been designated an endangered plant by conservationists.

How it works

Osha contains chemicals that might help fight bacterial and viral infections.

Effectiveness

Not Proven
Sore throat
Prevention of skin wound infection
Indigestion
Bronchitis
Cough
Common cold
Flu
Pneumonia
Herpes
AIDS/HIV
Other conditions

Concerns

Osha might be safe for most adults.

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Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It'sUNSAFEto take osha if you arepregnant. It might startmenstruation, and this might cause amiscarriage. Avoid use.Dosing considerations for Osha.

It's not known if it's safe to use osha during breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and don't use it.

Interactions

No information available.

The information provided on this page is for reference purposes and is not meant to be used as a medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with a medical professional.