Scientific Name: Fucus vesiculosis
AKA: Bladderwrack, seawrack, sea-tang, seaweed
Parts Used: whole plant
Active Compounds: Mucopolysaccharides, lipids, iodine, phlorotannin, phenolic compounds
Background:Kelp, or seaweed as it's commonly known, has several medicinal uses. It is a very common plant that can be found on almost any coastline. It has a high concentration of iodine, which makes it useful for treating goiter and other thyroid problems. It also works to treat the inflammation of joints from arthritis.
There is some evidence that kelp can help one to lose weight. However, that's probably the case only if the weight is due to an underactive thyroid condition.
Kelp is primarily used to treat problems with the thyroid.
Underactive Thyroid: Kelp can work to improve the function of the thyroid. It's helpful in preventing and treating goiter as well as hypothyroid conditions.
Rheumatism: Kelp can be taken internally or applied externally to relieve joint pain from arthritis and rheumatism.
Kelp is a common plant found in aquatic environments on the coastlines around the world.
Kelp is available as a tablet or capsule. Follow the directions on the manufacturer's label.
As an infusion, place 2-3 tsp dried kelp in 1 cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes. Drink 3 times daily.
There is no negative safety information available for this herb. Consult your health care provider before beginning use of any herb.
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