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flax

a flowering annual herb found in the United States, Canada, and Europe.
uses The seeds are used for constipation and as a source of omega-3 fatty acids.
contraindications It is contraindicated in people with bowel obstruction and dehydration. It is also not recommended during pregnancy and lactation, in children, or in those with known hypersensitivity to this product. It should not be used as a poultice on open wounds.

flax

Herbal medicine
An annual, the oil and seeds of which contain a cyanogenic glycoside, fixed oils (e.g., linoleic and linolenic acids), mucilage and protein; it has been used internally as a laxative and antitussive, and topically to treat burns.

flax,

n Latin name:
Linum usitatissimum; part used: seeds; uses: inflammatory, laxative, anticholesteremic; uses under research: colon disease, eczema, psoriasis, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis, arthritis, allergies, multiple sclerosis, cancer, lupus, menopause, renal cysts, hypertension, and hyperactivity; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children; patients with digestive blockage or dehydration, diabetes; unripened seeds are poisonous; can cause nausea, diarrhea, and gas, (overuse: weakness, dyspnea, tachypnea, paralysis, convulsions, and death). Also called
linseed, lint bells, linen flax, and
linum.
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Flax.

flax

Linum usitatissimum (cultivated flax, linseed) and L. catharticum (purging flax).

dwarf bay flax
daphnemezereum.