Scientific names: Chenopodium vulvaria
Alternate names: Arroche Puante, Chénopode Fétide, Chénopode Puant, Dog's Arrach, Goat's Arrach, Goosefoot, Herbe de Bouc, Netchweed, Oraches, Stinking Arrach, Stinking Goosefoot, Stinking Motherwort, Vulvaire
Actions: Antiprotist activity
Arrach is a plant. The whole plant is used to make medicine.
Arrach is used for menstrual cramps and starting menstrual flow, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
When taken by mouth: There isn't enough reliable information to know if arrach is safe. Arrach may cause skin to become extra sensitive to the sun. Wear sunblock outside, especially if you are light-skinned.
When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if arrach is safe. Arrach may cause skin to become extra sensitive to the sun. Wear sunblock outside, especially if you are light-skinned.
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if arrach is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
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- Menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea).
- Starting menstrual flow.
- Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of arrach for these uses.
The appropriate dose of arrach depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for arrach. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
Interactions with pharmaceuticals
Medications that increase sensitivity to sunlight (Photosensitizing drugs)
Interaction Rating=Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Some medications can increase sensitivity to sunlight. Arrach might also increase your sensitivity to sunlight. Taking arrach along with medication that increases sensitivity to sunlight could increase the chances of sunburn, blistering, or rashes on areas of skin exposed to sunlight. Be sure to wear sunblock and protective clothing when spending time in the sun.
Some drugs that cause photosensitivity include amitriptyline (Elavil), Ciprofloxacin (Cipro), norfloxacin (Noroxin), lomefloxacin (Maxaquin), ofloxacin (Floxin), levofloxacin (Levaquin), sparfloxacin (Zagam), gatifloxacin (Tequin), moxifloxacin (Avelox), trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (Septra), tetracycline, methoxsalen (8-methoxypsoralen, 8-MOP, Oxsoralen), and Trioxsalen (Trisoralen).
Interactions with herbs & supplements
There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.
There are no known interactions with foods.
There isn't enough information to know how arrach might work.
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