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Alternative Therapies--Dandelion

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Dandelion

Dandelion was taken in the past to treat conditions including arthritis, certain cancers, gout, diabetes, and "liver problems." From a modern perspective, some dandelion preparations seem to have weak diuretic and laxative properties.

Dandelion also can have side effects such as causing an upset stomach, lowering blood sugar, and causing skin rash. So patients with a history of stomach problems, stomach ulcers, diabetes, or rashes to plants, especially plants in the daisy family, should probably not take dandelion.

Dandelion is known to have medicinal properties, but it does not have any known effect on hepatitis C specifically.