Flaxseed (Herbs/Suppl)

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Brand and Other Names:flax, graine de lin, more...leinsamen, lini semen, linoleic acid, linseed, lint bells, linum usitatissimum

Suggested Dosing

Seed

1 tbsp PO BID-TID

15-50 g/day

Oil

15-30 ml PO qDay

equivalent to 200 mg ALA qDay

Flour Poultice

30-50 g topically PRN

Administration

Take with adequate amount of fluid to prevent bowel obstruction

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Suggested Uses

Constipation (chronic), benign prostatic hyperplasia (oil), cancer (prevention), diabetes, diverticulitis, gastritis/enteritis, hypercholesterolemia, irritable bowel syndrome, menopausal symptoms, MI prevention (oil), skin inflammation, SLE nephritis

Efficacy

Possibly effective for diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, menopausal symptoms and SLE nephritis.

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            Adverse Effects

            Allergic reactions, anaphylactoid rxns, diarrhea (oil), intestinal obstruction

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            Warnings

            Contraindications

            Bowel obstruction, cancer (breast, ovarian, uterine), endometriosis, esophageal stricture, hormone sensitive conditions, hypertriglyceridemia, intestinal inflammation, acute, uterine fibroids

            Cautions

            Bleeding disorders (oil)

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            Pregnancy & Lactation

            Pregnancy Category: avoid use

            Lactation: avoid use

            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

            Seeds: bulk-forming laxative; prevent enterohepatic recirculation of cholesterol

            Oil: source of alpha-linolenic acid, an essential component of cell membranes & precursor for anti-inflammatory prostaglandins

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