California poppy (Eschscholzia californica)


Historically, California poppy has been used as a sedative to relieve insomnia and nervousness.
California poppy may bind with the same receptors as monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Caution should be used in patients taking these agents.
There is insufficient evidence in humans to support the use of California poppy for any indication.
Native Americans used California poppy medicinally.

Related Terms

Eschscholzia californica, Papaveraceae (family).

evidence table

These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.