Plant Magazine of Botanical-online September 2017

Natural remedies

Blackthorn side effects

(Prunus spinosa)

CONSEQUENCES OF TAKING BLACKTHORN

Photo of blackthorn fruits
Photo of blackthorn fruits

What are blackthorn side effects?

- Dermatitis: blackthorn can cause contact dermatitis or skin irritation by direct contact with the fresh plant, fruits, flowers or leaves.

- Allergy: Some people may have allergy to blackthorn, especially if they have allergy to any plant of the Rosaceae family.

- Vomiting: by irritation of the gastric mucosa due to the high tannin content of the fruit, leaves and flowers, blackthorn preparations can lead to vomiting.

- Stomach pains and digestive problems such as gastritis: the tannins are irritating to the gastric and intestinal mucosa. Large amounts of fruits can trigger problems of gastritis or stomachache.

- Constipation: Constipation is produced by the big amount of tannins.

Leaves and blossoms of blackthorn should be prescribed by a physician due to the presence of certain amounts of prusic acid, a toxic component, in its composition.

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