Canada balsam
Canada balsam


Canada balsam is a plant. People use it for medicine.

People use Canada balsam for burns, sores, cold symptoms, pain, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses. Canada balsam is also used as a food additive, in manufacturing, and in dentistry.
When taken by mouth: Canada balsam is LIKELY SAFE when taken by mouth in amounts commonly found in food. Canada balsam needles and twigs are considered safe for making food flavoring. However, there isn't enough information to know if Canada balsam is safe when taken by mouth in amounts greater than those typically found in foods.

When applied to the skin: Canada balsam is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when applied to the skin. There aren't any known harmful side effects of Canada balsam, but it hasn't been well researched by scientists.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if Canada balsam is safe to use in medicinal amounts when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick with food amounts.


NatMed Pro rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate.
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  • Hemorrhoids.
  • Burns.
  • Sores.
  • Cuts.
  • Tumors.
  • Chest pains.
  • Cancer.
  • Inflammation.
  • Use in dental products.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Canada balsam for these uses.

Dosing & administration

The appropriate dose of Canada balsam for use as treatment 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 Canada balsam. 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

It is not known if Canada Balsam interacts with any medicines. Before taking Canada Balsam, talk with your healthcare professional if you take any medications.

Interactions with herbs & supplements

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

Interactions with foods

There are no known interactions with foods.


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