Self-Heal

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About

Self-heal is an herb. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.

Self-heal is used for inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis), diarrhea, colic, and stomach upset and irritation (gastroenteritis). It is also used for mouth and throat ulcers, sore throat, and internal bleeding.

Some people use self-heal for HIV/AIDS, fever, headache, dizziness, liver disease, and spasm. It is also used to kill germs (as an antiseptic), loosen phlegm (as an expectorant), and tighten and dry skin (as an astringent).

Self-heal is applied directly to the skin for vaginal discharges and other disorders of women's reproductive systems, as well as for wounds and bruises.

Be careful not to confuse self-heal with another plant called sanicle. Sanicle is sometimes referred to as self-heal, but it's different.

How it works

Self-heal contains vitamins C and K, and thiamine. It also contains chemicals called tannins that might help reduce skin swelling (inflammation) and have a drying (astringent) effect on the tissues.

Effectiveness

Not Proven
Mouth and throat ulcers
Stomach upset and irritation
Internal bleeding
Disorders of the female reproductive system (gynecological disorders)
Wounds
HIV/AIDS
Crohn's disease
Ulcerative colitis
Other conditions

Concerns

Self-heal seems to be safe for most people.

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Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of self-heal duringpregnancyandbreast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.Dosing considerations for Self-heal.

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.