Nutmeg is known by many names, such Myristica fragrans, mace, magic, muscdier, muskatbaum, myristica, noz moscada, nuez moscada, and nux moschata. Nutmeg.
Nutmeg Dosage,Preparations and Administrations.:
Dosage: How much to take?
Dosage: 3-10 g (1.5-3 g for pills or powder form),Talk with your caregiver about how much Mace you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Mace. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the medicine bottle. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to.
Regulatory Status: GSL
Powdered dry seed: 0.3-1g three times a day.
Oil: Dilute 10 drops in 10ml almond oil and use for muscular pains associated with rheumatism or over-exertion.
Nutmeg is made from the nut of the nutmeg apple. It is removed from the fruit and slowly dried. As an herbal medicine, nutmeg is commonly used in capsules (200 mg), powders, and essential oil. As a cooking spice, the nut is ground and cooked in food. The skin of the nuts is ground to produce another spice, called mace. Nutmeg butter, a mixture of fatty and essential oil, is made by chopping and steaming the nuts until they form a paste.
Some of the suggested doses of nutmeg can be harmful. For nausea, other stomach problems, and chronic diarrhea, one or two capsules or nutmeg kernel as a single dose or three to five drops of essential oil on a lump of sugar or on a teaspoon of honey is suggested. For diarrhea, 4-6 tbsp of powder could be taken every day. For a toothache, one or two drops of essential oil can be applied to the gum around the toothache to relieve pain; a visit to the dentist care is still necessary.
In Chinese medicine, 250~500 mg of nutmeg mixed with other herbs is recommended, once or twice a day. It can be taken in powder plain, capsules, pills, or infusion, and should be taken on an empty stomach. When used as a digestive stimulant in Chinese medicine, it is said to work best when ground and cooked in food.
A small amount of Nutmeg, about the size of a pea, can be taken once daily over a long period (6 months to a year) to relieve chronic nervous problems, as well as heart problems stemming from poor circulation. Added to milk, baked fruits, and desserts, it aids in digestion, and relieves nausea. Large doses can be poisonous, and may cause miscarriage for pregnant women.
To store this medicine: Keep all medicine locked up and away from children. Store medicine away from heat and direct light. Do not store your medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down and not work the way it should work. Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need. Never share your medicine.
Cautions and Precautions:
Caution: large quantities are hallucinogenic (thought to be due to myricristin) and excitant to the motor cortex, and can produce stomach pain, double vision, delirium and other symptoms of poisoning. Eating as few as two nutmegs may result in death. A single dose of 7.5g or more may produce convulsions and palpitations.
Before Using: Tell your doctor if you.
Are taking medicine or are allergic (uh-ler-jik) to any medicine (prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) or diet supplement)
Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine
Are breast feeding
Have other health problems, such as high blood pressure or heart or blood vessel disease
Nutmeg is not recommended for use as a medicine because it is too risky. An overdose of nutmeg is harmful and sometimes deadly. There are more effective treatments for all of the ailments that nutmeg could be used for.
Pregnant women should not use nutmeg because it can cause a miscarriage. Women who are breast-feeding should not use nutmeg either. Nutmeg should be used with caution in patients with psychiatric illnesses, as it can cause feelings of anxiety. Touching the nuts can cause an allergic skin reaction. In the home, nutmeg should be kept out of the reach of children and pets.
Major Side effects:
There are no known side effects from using nutmeg properly. Too much nutmeg, however, can cause serious health problems and even death. Early symptoms of an overdose of nutmeg (one to three nuts) are thirst, nausea, and feelings of urgency. There may also be experiences of altered consciousness; this can range from mild to intensive hallucinations, and results in a stupor that lasts from two to three days. Sometimes shock and seizures occur. Immediate medical attention is necessary when someone has taken too much nutmeg.
Side Effects: Stop taking your medicine right away and talk to your doctor if you have any of the following side effects. Your medicine may be causing these symptoms. This may mean that you are allergic (uh-ler-jik) to the medicine.
Breathing problems or tightness in your throat or chest;Chest pain;Skin hives, rash, or itchy or swollen skin
Other Possible Side Effects:
You may have the following side effects, but this medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your caregiver if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.
Fast heart beat, anxiety (nervousness), seeing double, dry mouth, or very thirsty;Hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there);Headache, dizziness, or drowsiness;Stomach upset
Recent studies of the anxiogenic, or anxiety-causing, effects of nutmeg indicate that it counteracts such tranquilizers as diazepam (Valium), ondansetron (Zofran), and buspirone (BuSpar). The specific substance in nutmeg that is responsible for this effect is a compound called trimyristin. There are, however, no known medical conditions that contraindicate the use of nutmeg in small quantities.
Additional Comments: Nutmeg was first brought to Europe from the Banda Islands by the Portuguese around 1512. It gained the reputation of a cure-all and was widely eaten as a tonic. Its hallucinogenic properties were soon discovered. It was erroneously taken to procure abortions and was acclaimed as a cure for the plague. So fashionable did it become in the US, that fake nutmegs were whittles from wood and sold, earning Connecticur the misleading name 'the Nutmeg State'. Known as rou dou kou in China, nutmeg has been used there since the 7th century for stomach problems. Ayurvedic medicine uses it to ease headaches and fever. In folk medicine, the outer fleshy aril of the fruit, mace, was made into an ointment used for rheumatism.
Identification:RTECS : RF4400000; Chemical Name:Nutmeg; CAS RN:84082-68-8; Synonyms:Myristica,Nuces nucistae,Nux moschata.
TDLo - Lowest published toxic dose.Oral.Human - man.143 mg/kg.Toxic Effects:Behavioral - changes in REM sleep (human);Gastrointestinal - hypermotility, diarrhea;Gastrointestinal - nausea or vomiting.Reference:JJTOEX.V.1-1988-Volume(issue)/page/year: 2,169,1989
TDLo - Lowest published toxic dose.Oral.Human.214 mg/kg.Toxic Effects:Behavioral - euphoria;Behavioral - hallucinations, distorted perceptions;Cardiac - change in rate.Reference:JNEUAY Journal of Neuropsychiatry. (Chicago, IL) V.1-5, 1959-64. For publisher information, see BENPBG. Volume(issue)/page/year: 2,205,1961
LD50 - Lethal dose, 50 percent kill.Intraperitoneal.Rodent - rat.500 mg/kg.Toxic Effects:Details of toxic effects not reported other than lethal dose value.Reference:JNEUAY Journal of Neuropsychiatry. (Chicago, IL) V.1-5, 1959-64. For publisher information, see BENPBG. Volume(issue)/page/year: 2,205,1961
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