Contraindications of sorrel

This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.

(Rumex acetosa)

When one should not use sorrel?


Skin rashes: Occasionally, this plant has produced skin rashes.

Heartburn, gastritis and digestive ulcers: the leaves contain irritant principles for the digestive walls that can cause heartburn and pain or even ulcers in people with stomach problems.

Kidney stones: Sorrel is very rich in oxalates. They form a compound with the calcium in the blood that accumulates in renal tubules, increasing the risk of kidney stones (nephrolithiasis).

* Nor should people take sorrel with nephritis and other kidney diseases.

Intestinal diseases: sorrel contains anthraquinone components with laxative properties. In high doses they are irritating and have strong laxative effect.

* It is not recommended in case of Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome and colitis.

* People with chronic constipation should not take it as an usual laxative remedy as it is a stimulant laxative, which can cause intestinal dependency

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Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

19 March, 2019

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