Gelsemium is a plant. Some people call it “woodbine.” This can be confusing because American ivy and honeysuckle are also known as “woodbine.” If you want gelsemium, look for its scientific name, which is Gelsemium sempervirens, Gelsemium nitidum, or Bignonia sempervirens.
Despite serious safety concerns, the root and underground stem (rhizome) of gelsemium are used to make medicine. Gelsemium is used as a painkiller for migraineheadaches and for face pain (trigeminal neuralgia) caused by certain facial nerves. It is also used for asthma and other breathing problems.
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Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It’s UNSAFE to use gelsemium. It is very poisonous.
Heart disease and weakness: Gelsemium is especially dangerous if you have a heart problem.
The appropriate dose of gelsemium depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for gelsemium. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.