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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.


n Latin name:
Fucus vesiculosus; part used: whole plant; uses: obesity, goiter, kidney inflammation, dietary source of iodine; precautions: patients with cardiac conditions, kidney disease, cancer, liver disease, diabetes mellitus, or thyroid disorders other than goiter. Also called
black-tang, bladder focus, bladder-wrack, blasen-tang, quercus marina, sea wrack, sea-oak, and