Castor Oil

In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2024 Jan.


Castor oil is a vegetable oil made from Ricinus communis, a plant common in the Eastern areas of the world. Castor oil is most well known for its laxative property; however, numerous communities report several other uses. For example, castor oil has been reported beneficial in uterine contraction, lipid metabolism, and antimicrobial activity, yet, the FDA has approved only its use as a stimulative laxative. This activity will highlight the indications, actions, and contraindications for castor oil in the use of medical procedures and constipation.

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