Soapwort (Herbs/Suppl)

Brand and Other Names:bouncing bet, crow soap, more...dog cloves, farewell summer, foam dock, fuller's herb, gill run by the St.Saponary, hedge pink, lady by the gate, latherwort, old maid's pink, saponaria officinalis, soap root, sweet Betty, wild sweet William
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Suggested Dosing

Extract: 1-2 g PO qDay OR

Root: 1.5 g PO qDay

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Suggested Uses

Oral

Bronchitis, cough, inflammation of mucous membranes in lower & upper respiratory tract

Topical

Poison Ivy, acne, psoriasis, eczema, and boils

Efficacy

Only applicable part of plant is the root

Insufficient reliable information available. More studies are needed

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Adverse Effects

None reported

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Warnings

Contraindications

See product label

Cautions

May irritate stomach, skin, mucous membranes

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Pregnancy & Lactation

Pregnancy Category: no harmful effects known

Lactation: no harmful effects known

Pregnancy Categories

A:Generally acceptable. Controlled studies in pregnant women show no evidence of fetal risk.

B:May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk but human studies not available or animal studies showed minor risks and human studies done and showed no risk.

C:Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies not available or neither animal nor human studies done.

D:Use in LIFE-THREATENING emergencies when no safer drug available. Positive evidence of human fetal risk.

X:Do not use in pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.

NA:Information not available.

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Pharmacology

Metabolism: N/A

Excretion: N/A

Mechanism of Action

Antibacterial & expectorant properties: kills bacteria & loosens phlegm

Strongly irritant action of saponins stimulates cough reflex & increases production of a more fluid mucus within respiratory tract

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