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Herbal medicine
A seaweed which contains iodine, mannitol and mucilage; it has been used topically as an anti-inflammatory and for rheumatism, and internally for hypothyroidism (given its high iodine content), radiation exposure and heavy-metal intoxication.
Kelp should not be used in patients receiving thyroid medication, with thyroid disease or with hypertension.
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