Side Effects Of Oleander

Oleander plants have been used as a kind of herbal medicine for hundreds of years. They are mainly used for treatment ulcers, haemorrhoids, leprosy, ringworm, herpes and skin disease such as abscesses. Oleander was originally planted in a variety of locations including North America, South-East Asia and Eastern Mediterranean regions. Due to its great medical values, people use it to treat a variety of diseases for centuries. However, this plant is toxic for us and it cannot be taken under any circumstances.

The toxin generated from a small amount of oleander plants can cause nausea, vomiting, bloody diarrhoea and dizziness. In addition, it may also result in loss of appetite and so on. These symptoms will usually appear after the three hours of intake of oleander parts. Also, serious complications will occur if left untreated. Other oleander poisoning symptoms include seizures, irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure and so on. In serious cases, fatal cardiac complications and loss of consciousness may occur.

Oleander parts for disease treatment are usually required to be diluted in prior to use. Actually, there is no practical oleander safety dose for human being. This is because this plant is extremely toxic for our body no matter whether it is diluted or not. So, you should pay more attention to this risk when drinking tonic water or tea made from this plant. However, people still always like to use it as a herbal medicine for treatment for various cancers such as prostate cancer, lung cancer and bladder cancer.

Over dose of oleander will also cause skin irritation and allergic symptoms include itching, rash, redness and inflammation. In this case, you can take some antihistamine medicine to deal with these allergic reactions. On the other hand, the skin irritation caused by oleanders can been used to treat scabies which is caused by mites. Usages of this plant should be avoided from some special groups of people such as pregnant women or nursing mothers.

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