The flowers of chamomile can be dried and used as tea, taken as a capsule or topically used as extract.

(See also nutritional supplements Overview.) The flowers of chamomile are dried and made into a tea, taken as a capsule or used topically as an extract. Allegations chamomile tea is said that he is able to reduce inflammation and fever, to act as a mild sedative, to act as an antidepressant to relieve stomach cramps and indigestion and promote the healing of gastric ulcers. Chamomile extract to when topically applied in a compress to soothe irritated skin. The mechanism is based on the contained essential oil containing ingredients of bisabolol and flavonoids Aspigenin and luteolin. Documents Limited clinical trial evidence to support any use of chamomile. However showed randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials with oral capsules of chamomile extract (standardized to 1.2% apigenin) in patients with mild to moderate anxiety (1) a possible modest anxiolytic activity and anti-depressive effect (2). Side effects Chamomile is generally safe; However, reports of hypersensitivity reactions, especially in people who are allergic to the members of the Asteraceae (eg sunflower, ragweed.) – plant family and pollen of all flowering plants. Typical symptoms are lacrimation, sneezing, GI disorder, dermatitis, and anaphylaxis. Drug interactions Chamomile may interfere with the absorption of oral medications. Chamomile can also increase the effect of anticoagulants and sedatives (including barbiturates and alcohol) and inhibit the absorption of iron preparations. Notes chamomile Amsterdam JD, Li Y, Söller I, et al. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of oral Matricaria recutita (chamomile) extract therapy for generalized anxiety disorder. J Clin Psychopharmacol 29 (4): 378-382, 2009. Amsterdam JD, J Shults, Söller I, et al. Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) may Provide antidepressant activity in anxious, depressed humans: an exploratory study. Aging Ther Health Med 18 (5): 44-49, 2012th

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