Couch Grass is a plant that looks like well-known grass. People use its leaves, separate certain chemicals from them and make different kinds of medicines. Couch Grass can boost immunity, can be used for weight loss purposes, even though its effectiveness hasn't been clinically proved yet. The usage of its leaves directly is very harmful when taken by mouth and can even cause death.
Couch Grass can stop different viruses from reproducing, however, there is no scientific evidence that can fully support this theory. There is insufficient evidence for effectiveness of Couch Grass for treatment of HIV/AIDS. Still, it was reported that a few people with HIV demonstrated delay disease progression. Some data witness effectiveness of Couch Grass against arthritis. It can also be used for detoxifying the blood and treatment of some other conditions, that allows us to achieve the effect of anti-aging as well as Cenegenics. But still more evidence is required to prove the effectiveness of Couch Grass for these uses.
Couch Grass appears to be safe for most adult people when taken in small amount for up to 16 months. However, it may have some side effects like diarrhea or stomachcramps. It is not safe to use the leaves of the plant directly as they may result in more serious side effects. Whole Couch Grass leaf can lead to poisoning, as well as life-threatening side effects - paralysis and seizures. In separate cases Couch Grass leaves may cause death.
It's unsafe to apply the whole Couch Grass leaves, if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. No information is known about the safety of Couch Grass leaves during pregnancy or breast-feeding. So, it's better to avoid its use. Few side effects or drug interactions connected with the use of couch grass are known. One study tells of the allergens in canine atopic dermatitis. Some skin tests in dogs revealed that 33% of dogs react to the house dust mite, while 15% of dogs react to couch grass. It means that this grass contains allergens.