We will talk about herbal Side Effects of sweet grass that can cause cancer. Sweet grass is a perennial plant of the grass family (Poaceae). The stems of the grass are upright, hairless and hollow. It can grow to about 60 cm or two feet in height. The plant blooms in May to June. Also known as Holy grass, myskgräs, festgræs, reyrgresi, buffalo grass, vanilla grass, vanilla-scented grass, manna grass, Russian buffalo grass, seneca grass, zebrovka, zubrowski, duftendes mariengras, mariengras, hierochloé odorant, hierba de la virgen.
Although herbal remedies are safe to use, but the use of arbitrarily without pay attention to the substance owned by the herb also the usage and doses, it can cause negative effect for patients. A classic example can be taken is the use of Dringo (Acorus Calamus) or more known as sweet grass.
Traditionally, Sweet grass often used as a sedative and to cope with stress. Dringo have asaron bioactive compounds, which consisted of two isomers of alpha and beta-asaron. These compounds have chemical structures similar to amphetamine class compounds and ecstasy. In Europe, the herb has been used to flavor tobacco, sweets and alcoholic beverages like the Polish vodka Zubrowka.
Dringo/sweet grass in low doses can be given effect on muscle relaxation and sedative effects (tranquilizers) in the central nervous system. But if used in high doses, it will have the opposite effect, namely increased mental activity or popularly called psychoactive. beta-asaron on Dringo is one of the naturally occurring compounds that have the potential to be carcinogenic or cancer triggers.
Sweet grass contains coumarin, which gives the plant its characteristic scent. Coumarin has blood-thinning properties and some research has shown that coumarin and related compounds can be effective in reducing high-protein edemas, especially lymphedema. Coumarins are toxic substances that are known to be carcinogenic in larger doses.
Side Effects and Interactions of Sweet Grass
This herb is usually not recommended for internal use. A trained herbalist should be contacted if it is intended for use as an herbal medicine.
Sweet grass usage for long periods, can increase the risk of cancer, if the antibodies the body can not eliminate the carcinogenic effects of Dringo. The results of experimental studies in animals showed Dringo can cause genotoxic effects (toxic genes), causing cells to grow abnormally and produce a tumor or cancer.
In addition Dringo/sweet grass also causes fluid buildup in the abdomen, depression, changes in heart and liver, as well as harmful to the intestines. Based on these scientific facts, then of the Federal Drugs Administration (FDA) has banned the use of Dringo internally, because more negative effects than positive effects.
Coumarin is a substance found in sweet grass. It is a natural anticoagulant that gives the plant its characteristic pleasant smell. Coumarin, if ingested in large doses or over a long time, can cause liver damage and hemorrhages. Coumarins are also known to be carcinogenic. There are no known dangers associated with the ceremonial use of the herb as an incense.