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WHITE MULBERRY

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Chinese White Mulberry, Chi Sang, Chin Sang, Common Mulberry, Egyptian Mulberry, Mon Tea, Mora, Moral Blanco, Morera Blanca, Morin, Morus alba, Morus indica, Morus multicaulis, Mûrier Blanc, Mûrier Blanc de Chine, Mûrier Commun, Mûrier du Ver à ...
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WHITE MULBERRY Overview
WHITE MULBERRY Uses
WHITE MULBERRY Side Effects
WHITE MULBERRY Interactions
WHITE MULBERRY Dosing
WHITE MULBERRY Overview Information

White mulberry is an herb. The powdered leaves are most commonly used for medicine. The fruit can be used for food, either raw or cooked.

White mulberry is often tried in order to help treat diabetes. It is also tried for treating high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, the common cold and its symptoms, muscle and joint pain such as from arthritis, constipation, dizziness, ringing in the ears, hair loss, and premature graying.

White mulberry is native to China and is the food of silkworms. It was introduced into the United States in colonial times, during an attempt to establish a silk industry. The wood is very flexible and durable and has been used to make tennis rackets, hockey sticks, furniture, and boats.

How does it work?

There are some chemicals in white mulberry that work in a similar way to some medicines used for type 2 diabetes. They slow the breakdown of sugars in the gut so that they are absorbed more slowly into the blood. This helps the body keep blood sugar levels in the desirable range.

WHITE MULBERRY Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

Possibly Effective for:


Insufficient Evidence for:

  • High blood cholesterol. In a small study of people with type 2 diabetes, white mulberry leaf, 1 gram taken 3 times daily for 4 weeks, reduced total cholesterol by 12%, and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol by 23%, and increased HDL (“good”) cholesterol by 18%.
  • Common cold.
  • Cough.
  • Sore throat.
  • Muscle and joint pain.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Asthma.
  • Constipation.
  • Dizziness and ringing in the ears.
  • Hair loss and premature graying.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of white mulberry for these uses.


WHITE MULBERRY Side Effects & Safety

White mulberry is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when the powdered leaf is taken by mouth for up to 5 weeks. Side effects have not been reported in studies; however, not very many studies have been done.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of white mulberry during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Diabetes: White mulberry might lower blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Watch for signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and monitor your blood sugar carefully if you have diabetes and use white mulberry.

WHITE MULBERRY Interactions What is this?

We currently have no information for WHITE MULBERRY Interactions

WHITE MULBERRY Dosing

The following doses have been studied in scientific research:

BY MOUTH:

  • For diabetes: 1 gram of the powdered leaf taken three times daily.
  • For high cholesterol levels: 1 gram of the powdered leaf taken three times daily.

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