Sea buckthorn may slow blood clotting when taken as a medicine, explains WebMD. In individuals with bleeding disorders, sea buckthorn may increase the risk of bleeding or bruising, and it can also lower blood pressure, potentially making blood pressure too low for a person who already has low blood pressure. An individual should discontinue use of sea buckthorn a minimum of two weeks before a planned surgery to prevent extra bleeding during and after the procedure.
Since there is not enough information available about taking sea buckthorn during pregnancy and breast feeding, it is advised that women in these situations avoid use, notes WebMD. Sea buckthorn is classified as likely safe for consumption as food, and possibly safe for use as an oral or topical medication. Individuals should be cautious about taking sea buckthorn in conjunction with anticoagulant or antiplatelet medications.
Sea buckthorn is used for many ailments and conditions, such as burns, digestive tract infections, dry eye, arthritis and gout. There is insufficient evidence to determine sea buckthorn's effectiveness in these conditions, and further research is necessary, reports WebMD.
Sea buckthorn is an herb, and its leaves, flowers and fruits are used to make medicines, according to WebMD. The seed or berry oil is also used for medicinal purposes. Sea buckthorn berries can be used in foods such as juices, jellies and sauces. Sea buckthorn contains vitamins B-1, B-2, and B-6 as well as vitamins A and C.