Safflower.Carthamus tinctorius L.,Flos Carthami.Safflower Extract.
- Botanical Basic Data of Safflower:Carthamus tinctorius L.
- What it is Safflower?Property,Effects and constitution of Safflower.
- Functions and clinical use of safflower.
- Ethnobotany:Worlwide use of safflower.
- Safflower:Administration and Guide.
- What is Saffron:Stigma Croci,Crocus sativus L?
- Health benefit and application of Saffron.
- Cosmetic Use of Saffron:
- Safflower:Research Update.
Safflower:Administration and Guide.:
Harvesting safflower flowers requires some care. The flowers are picked just as they begin to wilt and can be used fresh or dried. If they are to be dried, they must be kept away from sunlight during the drying process or they will lose their distinctive reddish-yellow color. Dried flowers are not normally kept more than one year.
Safflower flowers can be used alone or in formulas. They can be prepared as dried powder, tinctures, or decoctions. Used alone, a common daily dosage is 3 g of decoction or 1 g of powder. A standard infusion of safflower flowers uses 4~8 oz of dried flowers. A common Chinese formula that uses safflower flower is pseudoginseng and dragon blood formula. This formula is used to treat traumatic injuries such as sprains or fractures that are accompanied by pain and swelling. The role of the safflower flower in this formula is to move congealed blood and reduce pain.
Because safflower flower brings on menstruation, it should not be used by pregnant women. Large doses can cause spontaneous abortion. In addition, because safflower may prolong blood clotting time, it should not be given to patients with peptic ulcers or hemorrhagic illnesses.
Before Using: Tell your doctor if you ...
are taking medicine or are allergic to any medicine (prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) or dietary supplement)
are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine
have any other health problems, such as high blood pressure or heart or blood vessel disease
The unprocessed oil of safflower seed can cause severe diarrhea.
Stop taking your medicine right away and talk to your doctor if you have any of the following side effects. Your medicine may be causing these symptoms which may mean you are allergic to it.
Breathing problems or tightness in your throat or chest,Chest pain,Skin hives, rash, or itchy or swollen skin
Before taking Safflower, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
Safflower flower is often used in conjunction with other Chinese herbs with no reported interactions. As of 2002, there are no reported interactions of safflower extract or oil with standard pharmaceuticals. Its use in dissolving clots, however, suggests that it should not be taken with allopathic medications given to thin the blood.
Safety and Toxicity Study.
Acute Toxicity:Saffower Yellower or SaffioninA.
LD50-Lethal dose,50 percent kill.Oral.Rodent-mice.1244.38 mg/kg.
Daily dose 2.5 g/kg no acute toxic effects and death,TMD>2.5g/kg. Which showing Saffower Yellower as substances of low toxicity.
Daily dose at 20000mg/kg.Intravenous.Rodent-mice.No acute toxic effects and death.
Daily dose at 30000mg/kg twice.Intravenous.Rodent-mice.Death in 7 days
Chronic Toxicity:Carthamine and Safflower Powder.
Chronic Toxicity: Daily dose 40ml/kg.No toxic effects and death, Which shows Safflower as substances of low toxicity.
Saffower Yellower Injection.Dog.Intravenous.20,60,120mg/kg/d for 45 days,light yellow color of urine,no other abnormality of appearance, shape, action and stool.
Mix 6% Safflower Powder into fodder to feed mice more than 1 month,no effects such as weight loss, 8%~10% mix ratio conditions make body weight loss,15%mix ratio cause death.
Mix Carthamine into fodder to feed young rat,daily taken dose at 0.015~1.5 grams/kg for 3 months. result proved no functional change of kidney, lung, and peripheral blood leucocyte, No shape change of heart,liver, kidney, stomach and intestines.
- 1.Safflower.Carthamus tinctorius L.,Flos Carthami.Safflower Extract.
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