Lomatium - Uses and Benefits
Botanical name: Lomatium dissectum.
Other Names : Biscuit Root, Pungent Desert Parsley, Consumption plant
Lomatium is used in herbal medicine as an antiviral, also known as Indian Consumption plant. It is on the concerned/to endangered list of plants in Idaho. It is prolific in Clearwater area. 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.
Lomatium extracts with the resins removed, 1-3 ml per day, have been recommended. Lomatium tincture, 1-3 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.
The name lomatium generally refers to Lomatium dissectum , one of the numerous species and varieties of the Lomatium genus that is native to western North America. Lomatium is a member of the Apiaceae family. In the wild, lomatium grows in rocky soil and reaches a height of 3 ft.
The important uses of lomatium are as:-
Although lomatium is generally believed to be safe, the herb has been reported to cause a skin rash. A high dosage of the herb may result in nausea .
Lomatium is typically used in the form of a resin-free extract, taken at a dose of 1-3 ml daily.
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