What is poinsettia used for?

Poinsettia is a flowering plant. The whole plant and its sap (latex) are used to make medicine.

Despite safety concerns, people take poinsettia to treat fever, stimulate breast milk production, and cause an abortion. They also take the latex to kill pain, kill bacteria, and cause vomiting.

Some people apply poinsettia latex directly to the skin (use topically) to remove hair, treat warts, and heal other skin disorders. It also used topically for toothaches.

How does it work?

There are not enough studies about how poinsettia works. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for more information.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using poinsettia?

Consult with your doctor or pharmacist or herbalist, if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription.
  • You have allergy with any substances of poinsettia or other medications or other herbs.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
  • You have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.

The regulations for an herb/supplement are less strict than the regulations for a drug. More studies are needed to determine its safety. The benefits of taking this herb/supplement must outweigh the risks before use. Consult with your herbalist or doctor for more information.

How safe is poinsettia?

Poinsettia might be unsafe.

Recent studies indicate that the plant is less toxic than once believed. The American Association of Poison Control Centers reported 22,793 cases of potential poisoning with no fatalities and 92.4% with no toxicity.

Special precautions & warnings

Children: Poinsettia might be unsafe in children when taken by mouth or applied to the skin. Poinsettia might have caused the poisoning death of a 2-year-old child.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It might be unsafe to use poinsettia if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Don’t use it.

Digestive tract disorders such as stomach ulcer, irritable bowel disease, and Crohn’s disease: Poinsettia might irritate the digestive tract. Don’t use it if you any of these conditions.

Side effects

What kind of side effects may I have from poinsettia?

Poinsettia can cause skin rash; severe eye irritation; and irritation or burns to the mouth, throat, stomach, and intestinal linings.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about side effects, please consult your herbalist or doctor.


What interactions may I have with poinsettia?

Poinsettia may interact with your current medications or medical conditions. Consult with your herbalist or doctor before using.


The information provided is not a substitute for medical advice. ALWAYS consult your herbalist or doctor before using this medication.

What is the usual dose for poinsettia?

The dose for poinsettia may be different for every patient. The dose that you take depends on your age, health, and several other conditions. Herbs are not always safe. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for your appropriate dosage.

What form does poinsettia come in?

Poinsettia may be available in the following forms:

  • Raw poinsettia

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Review Date: November 13, 2017 | Last Modified: November 14, 2017

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