Lomatium: Botanical name: Lomatium
dissectum. Lomatium is native to western North America. Lomatium is
potentially threatened in some parts of its habitat, so it should not be picked
from the wild without consulting local experts familiar with the plant. The
root of lomatium is used medicinally for infection.
Active constituents: According to obscure sources, lomatium is reputed to have antiviral effects. One source suggests the constituents tetronic acids and a glucoside of luteolin may be potentially antiviral. However, little is known about how these compounds act or if other ones might be as important.
Lomatium extracts with the resins removed (often called lomatium isolates), 13 ml per day, have been recommended. Lomatium tincture, 13 ml three times per day, can also be used, but it may cause a rash in susceptible people. The tincture should not be used unless a very small amount of it is first tested for a reaction. However, even very small amounts can cause a reaction in sensitive people.
Use of lomatium extracts or
tinctures containing the resin (and possibly the coumarins) can, in some
people, cause a whole-body rash. This herb may also lead to nausea in
some people. The safety of lomatium during pregnancy and breast-feeding is
unknown and is therefore not recommended. At the time of writing, there
were no well-known drug interactions with lomatium.
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