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Nature's Temple / Sheep’s Sorrel

Sheep’s Sorrel

(Rumex acetosella)

Parts Used:  Herb

Active Constituents:

Oxalates (oxalic acid), tannins, anthracene derivatives: emodin, chrysophanol, rhein , glycosides, hyperoside, quinoids, phenylpropanoid, flavonoids, quercitin-3-D-galactoside.

Main Actions:

  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-cancer
  • Nutritive
  • Astringent

Major Safety Issues:

  • Not recommended during pregnancy.
  • Sheep’s Sorrel should be avoided in patients with kidney stones due to its high oxalic content.
  • No to be taken at the same time as minerals supplements such as iron and calcium (the absorption of which is potentially inhibited by oxalates)
  • One case of toxicity in a human has been reported for Sorrel soup.
  • Caution with anyone undergoing conventional chemotherapy due to the potential for herb-drug interactions.