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Menta Verde

¿Qué es?

La menta verde es una hierba. Las hojas y el aceite se utilizan con fines medicinales.

La menta verde se utiliza para los trastornos digestivos, incluyendo la presencia de gas, la indigestión, las náuseas, la diarrea, los espasmos del tracto gastrointestinal superior, el síndrome del intestino irritable (SII), la hinchazón (inflamación) de los conductos biliares y de la vesícula biliar y los cálculos biliares.

También se utiliza para el dolor de garganta, los resfriados, los dolores de cabeza, el dolor de muelas, para los calambres, el cáncer y para la inflamación de las vías respiratorias. Algunas personas la utilizan como un medicamento estimulante, desinfectante, analgésico local y antiespasmódico.

La menta verde se aplica directamente sobre la piel para la inflamación en el interior de la boca, para la artritis, el dolor local de los músculos y de los nervios y para las enfermedades de la piel incluyendo el prurito y la urticaria.

En los alimentos y bebidas, la menta verde se utiliza como agente saborizante.

En la industria manufacturera, la menta verde se utiliza en los productos de alimentos naturales, en los cosméticos y en los productos de higiene oral como son los enjuagues bucales y las pastas de dientes.

¿Qué tan efectivo es?

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (La Base Exhaustiva de Datos de Medicamentos Naturales) clasifica la eficacia, basada en evidencia científica, de acuerdo a la siguiente escala: Eficaz, Probablemente Eficaz, Posiblemente Eficaz, Posiblemente Ineficaz, Probablemente Ineficaz, Ineficaz, e Insuficiente Evidencia para Hacer una Determinación.

La clasificación de la eficacia para este producto es la siguiente:

Insuficiente evidencia para hacer una determinación para...

  • El gas (flatulencia).
  • La indigestión.
  • Las náuseas.
  • El dolor de garganta.
  • La diarrea.
  • Los resfriados.
  • El dolor de cabeza.
  • El dolor de muelas.
  • Los calambres.
  • El cáncer.
  • La artritis.
  • Los dolores musculares.
  • Las enfermedades de la piel.
  • Otras afecciones.
Se necesitan más pruebas para evaluar la eficacia de la menta verde para estos usos.

¿Cómo funciona?

Se cree que el aceite en la menta verde calma el estómago.

¿Hay preocupación por la seguridad de su uso?

La menta verde parece ser segura cuando se toma por vía oral ya sea en las cantidades que hay en los alimentos, en cantidades medicinales o cuando se aplica a la piel.

Advertencias y precauciones especiales:

Embarazo y lactancia: No se tiene suficiente información sobre el uso de la menta verde durante el embarazo y la lactancia. Sea precavida y evite su uso.

¿Existen interacciones con medicamentos?

No se sabe si este producto interactúa con algún medicamento.

Si está tomando medicamentos, converse con su proveedor de atención médica antes de empezar a tomar este producto.

¿Existen interacciones con hierbas y suplementos?

No se conoce ninguna interacción con hierbas y suplementos.

¿Existen interacciones con alimentos?

No se conoce ninguna interacción con alimentos.

¿Qué dosis se utiliza?

La dosis apropiada de menta verde depende de muchos factores tales como la edad de la persona, el estado de salud y varias otras condiciones. En este momento no hay suficiente información científica para determinar un rango de dosis apropiado para el uso de la menta verde. Tenga en cuenta que los productos naturales no son siempre necesariamente seguros y las dosis pueden ser importantes. Asegúrese de seguir las instrucciones en las etiquetas de los productos y consulte con su farmacéutico, doctor u otro proveedor de salud médica antes de usarlos.

Otros nombres

Curled Mint, Fish Mint, Garden Mint, Green Mint, Hierbabuena, Huile Essentielle de Menthe Verte, Lamb Mint, Mackerel Mint, Mentha cordifolia, Mentha crispa, Mentha spicata, Mentha viridis, Menthe Verte, Menthe Crépue, Menthe Douce, Menthe à Épis, Menthe Frisée, Menthe des Jardins, Menthe Romaine, Our Lady's Mint, Pahari Pudina, Putiha, Sage of Bethlehem, Spearmint Essential Oil, Spire Mint, Yerba Buena, Yerbabuena.

Metodología

Para saber más sobre cómo este artículo fue escrito, refiérase a la metodología de la Base exhaustiva de datos de medicamentos naturales.

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