Boxwood contraindications




Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens) is a contraindicated remedy in all cases because it is a strong purgative and irritant of the digestive system. effects.

This plant can cause poisoning, so its internal use is not recommended. It should only be used on medical advice and under medical supervision.

Who should not use boxwood?

Children under 15 years: Boxwood should not be given to children under 15 years because it contains steroidal alkaloids.

Pregnant and lactating women: Avoid all kinds of remedies with boxwood because of its abortifacient properties.

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Prolonged treatments are contraindicated because it is a remedy irritating for the digestive mucosa.

Heart problems: Boxwood is a plant with cardiotonic properties. Its alkaloids stimulate the contraction of the heart muscle, which contraindicates it as a remedy for people with blood pressure problems, heart failure, tachycardia, arrhythmias and heart disease.

Digestive system diseases: Gastritis, stomach pain, digestive ulcers: this plant is irritating and damaging the stomach lining. It can cause severe pain for people with dyspepsia, gastritis, stomach ulcers, digestive ulcers and heartburn.

Sensitive skin: As a result of its irritating effect, boxwood topical treatments are not recommended for people with dermatitis and sensitive skin. Topical remedies with boxwood should not be performed open wounds, bruises, blisters or sore areas.

Diarrhea: Boxwood treatments have purgative effect and cause a strong laxative response. People with diarrhea should not take this plant

Gallstones: Using this plant in case of stones in the gallbladder has important dangers. Because of its choleretic effect, it could expel the stones to the bile ducts and cause obstruction of the bile ducts.

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This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

2 July, 2021

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