What is ragwort used for?

Ragwort is an herb. The flowering parts are used to make medicine. Ragwort is used to treat cancer, colic, wounds, and spasms.

It is also used as a laxative, to cause sweating, to start menstruation, and for “cleansing and purification.” Some people apply ragwort directly to the skin for muscle and joint pain.

Ragwort may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How does it work?

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

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using ragwort?

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 ragwort or other medications or other herbals, especially if you are allergic to ragweed and related plants. Ragwort may cause an allergic reaction in people who are allergic to the Asteraceae/Compositae plant family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions, especially of liver disease
  • You have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.

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

How safe is ragwort?

Pregnancy and breastfeeding:

Stay on the safe side and avoid using any ragwort preparation if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Side effects

What kind of side effects may I have from ragwort?

Some dangerous substances in ragwort may cause:

  • Blocking blood flow in the veins
  • Liver damage
  • Cancer
  • Birth defects

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 ragwort?

This herbal supplement may interact with your current medications or medical conditions. Consult with your herbal healer or doctor before using.

Tell your doctor when you are using medications that increase break down of other medications by the liver.

Ragwort is broken down by the liver. Some chemicals that form when the liver breaks down ragwort can be harmful. Medications that cause the liver to break down ragwort might enhance the toxic effects of chemicals contained in Ragwort.

These medicines include carbamazepine (Tegretol), phenobarbital, phenytoin (Dilantin), rifampin, rifabutin (Mycobutin), and others.


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 ragwort?

Tincture (Ingredients: Wild Carrot, R/O Water, 12-24% Alcohol; Volume: 2oz)

Use 6-12 drops in juice, water, under the tongue or as desired.

May be taken 3 times daily.

Shake well. Store in cool dark place. Keep out of reach of children.

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

What form does ragwort come in?

This herbal supplement may be available in the following dosage forms:

  • Liquid extract
  • Tincture

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: April 15, 2017 | Last Modified: April 15, 2017

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