Rosemary (Herbs/Suppl)

Brand and Other Names:Old Man, Rosmarinus officinalis Linn
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Suggested Dosing

Rosemary Leaf (Dyspepsia, High BP, & Rheumatism)

1-2 g/day

as tea: 1-3 cups/d (steep 1-2g in 150 mL water)

Extract

2-4 mL PO TID (1:1 in 45% alcohol)

Topical

Essential Oil: doses up to 0.1-1 mL (6-10% essential oil), massage scalp for 2 minutes

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Suggested Uses

Bronchial asthma, peptic ulcer, prostate d/o, inflammatory disease, liver toxicity, atherosclerosis, stroke, ischemic heart disease, cataract, leukemia, sperm motility

Anticancer & antitumor activity

Enhances mental function & memory

Dyspepsia, high BP, & rheumatism

Promotes menstrual flow

Antibacterial, antifungal, & antiviral agent

Efficacy

Approved for dyspepsia, hypertension, alopecia & rheumatism by German Commission E

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Adverse Effects

Frequency Not Defined

Ingestion of large amounts can result in stomach & intestinal irritation & kidney damage

Seizures

Toxicity

Coma

Vomiting

Pulmonary edema

Emmenagogue & abortifacient

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Warnings

Contraindications

Pregnancy (permissible as food)

Cautions

Ingestion of large quantities: stomach & intestinal irritation, kidney damage, toxicity

Risk of autoimmune dz

Allergic contact dermatitis, although not generally considered to be a human sensitizer

Convulsant/epileptogenic properties: may cause seizures

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Pregnancy & Lactation

Pregnancy Category: avoid dosages above those found in food b/c safety & efficacy unknown

Lactation: N/A

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

Antimicrobial

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