What are the indications for use of chamomile and safety in it's use?

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ladyvols1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Chamomile also called German chamomile and Hungarian chamomile is a beautiful white daisy shaped flower.  It is harvested and the extracts are used as herbal remedies.  Some people think that Chamomile is very good to relieve stress and to help you sleep.  None of these claims has been proven by scientists.  Nor has it been proven that Chamomile helps with the pain from cancer, aid in inflammation relief, or help in stomach cramps.  These benefits have not been proven in human clinical trials, and the use of chamomile has resulted in many allergic reactions.   Chamomile has been advertised as treatment for many different types of ailments. It is usually advertised as a sedative to help people to sleep and ease gastrointestinal discomfort caused by spasms and inflammation.  Chamomile can be dangerous and could affect people who take blood-thinning medications, such as Coumadin.

"This bittersweet herb acts medicinally as a tonic, anodyne, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-allergenic, and sedative. Traditionally, a mild infusion of the herb has been safely used to calm restless children, and to ease colic and teething pain in babies. It is also effective in relieving acid indigestion and abdominal pain. Its carminative properties relieve intestinal gas, and it helps in cases of diarrhea, constipation, and peptic ulcers."

giorgiana1976 | Student

Chamomile is an herb used by people for centuries. Already is known as a tea that soothes the stomach is "disturbed" or help sleep. There are two types of chamomile used for health iron: German chamomile (Matricaria retutica) and English chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile).

German chamomile is the most studied and most used. A German governmental organization (Commission E) has approved its use on the skin to reduce swelling (increase in volume) or as antibacterial but is also used as a tea as a dietary supplement for stomach cramps.

Chamomile is marketed in the form of dried flowers, infusion (tea), liquid extract, tinctures (concentrated in alcohol) and in creams or ointments.


German chamomile is used to treat irritation from cold,wounds which are hard to heal , abscesses (localized infection), inflammation of the gums, colic (violent abdominal pain ) and skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema, chicken pox and the diaper rash. For these conditions use chamomile in an infusion or bath water or tincture form of concentrated extract and alcohol mixed. Chamomile is used as a tea to treat stomach upset, sleep problems and menstrual pain.

The safety of chamomile

-pollen that is found in chamomile preparations may cause allergic reactions

- Chamomile preparations interfere with blood thinning drugs 

Organization FDA (Food and Drug Administration) does not regulate dietary supplements the same way as drugs.   dietary supplements are sold, although are limited or at all studied.

Take account of these things when using dietary supplements:

- Like medicines on prescription , dietary supplements may cause side effects, may precipitate allergic reactions or interact with drug therapy or other supplements  used at the same time, this may aggravate pre-existing illnesses;

- Dietary supplements have not standardized production process. Due to this, their indications and adverse reactions differ from brand to brand and even lots of the same brand.As for vitamins and dietary supplements side effects because of the long-term use, are not known.