What are the effects of ingesting Saffron?
How is Saffron different from other herbs?
How does Saffron work?
What are the side effects of Saffron?
How is Saffron best taken?
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Saffron as a medication? Saffron is not a medicine. It is a natural product, sold for medicinal purposes by a few herbs vendors, that is a popular medicinal supplement in Ayurveda. The herbal description of saffron provides for its “natural effects” as if it were a drug. However Saffron has very good bioavailability, it can be absorbed through the skin easily. Most commonly, saffron is used for diarrhea, headaches, digestive problems, constipation, intestinal disorders, kidney disorders, and stress. The most important use of saffron in Ayurveda is to relieve constipation, nausea, heartburn, and diarrhea because these are all associated with stomach diseases. Other uses of saffron have included: for the relief of menstrual cramps, fevers, and abdominal pain, for the purging of blood and excess heat, for the prevention of heartburn, and for the regulation of heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and digestive enzymes. What about its effect on the kidneys? Saffron is not an anticoagulant; it just slows your blood to flowing and allows an easier emptying of your body of excess fluid. Saffron works to dilute the fluid in your urine because of its anti-coagulant effect. Its effects are similar to the anticoagulants in the prescription drug warfarin and the antibiotic oseltamivir. (1) It has not been shown to enhance blood coagulation when taken orally. (2) It acts as an anticoagulant but it does not affect the production of platelets or thrombin, nor do you get a blood clot. Saffron does not interfere with the body’s ability to produce platelets. Saffron is safe to take by mouth in the quantities recommended for the treatment of certain urinary disorders in certain countries, (3) however, you should not exceed recommended dosages. When taking Saffron, you should be careful not to swallow Saffron, or else you can get severe stomach pains. If Saffron is to be used
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