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are wormwood capsules a safe, alternative medicine?

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Dr. Randy Baker
40 years experience Holistic Medicine
NO!!!: Most herbal medicines are quite safe but wormwood is not one of them! there are several varieties of wormwood, but this usually refers to artemesia absinthium. It has a long history of folk use for treating worms, dyspepsia & fever but it has the potential to cause seizures, hallucinations, kidney failure & miscarriage. See www.Drugs.Com/npp/wormwood.Html & hit the tap button to see my comment:.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
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Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
40 years experience Holistic Medicine
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There are many far safer herbs effective in treating intestinal parasites, including wormwood's cousin Artemesia annua, papaya seeds and black walnut hulls. I would not risk the potential toxicity of taking Artemesia absinthium.
Jul 9, 2012
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
32 years experience Psychiatry
Wormwood: Also called green ginger, is found in mint tea in morocco. It has been used as antiseptic, antispasmodic, & antibacterial agent. As far as capsule forms, i cannot say for sure if the content is pure or what the constituents or additives are.
Answered on Jan 15, 2013

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