DENDROBIUM Overview Information
Dendrobium is in the orchid plant family. This type of orchid is native to China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Thailand, Vietnam, and other temperate and tropical Asian regions.
Traditionally, dendrobium plants have been used in Traditional Chinese medicine. Today, dendrobium is showing up in pre-workout supplements used to boost physical and athletic performance. Some experts are claiming that dendrobium will be the next hot stimulant supplement. Some are touting it as a replacement for the stimulant dimethylamylamine (DMAA).
As of March 16, 2012, the manufacturer of a popular dendrobium supplement (Craze, Driven Sports) was the subject of a class action lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges that the product contains amphetamine drugs, that the product is manufactured in a non-compliant facility, and that the ingredient, dendrobium, is a new dietary ingredient (NDI), which requires an NDI notification to FDA. There is concern that this and other dendrobium containing products might be spiked with synthetic stimulant drugs. For example, the dendrobium-containing commercial product Craze by Driven Sports contains the stimulant phenylethylamine which some experts say does not occur naturally in dendrobium plants. Phenylethylamine is a stimulant with effects similar to amphetamine.
How does it work?
Dendrobium contains several chemicals. Some of these chemicals might have effects in the body. They might lower blood pressure, increase blood sugar, and reduce pain. They might also increase the chance of seizure. However, none of these effects have been studied in people. Therefore, the effects of dendrobium in people are not clear.
- Athletic performance.
- Physical performance.
- Dry mouth.
- Heat stroke.
- Boosting immune function.
- Abdominal pain.
- Other conditions.
DENDROBIUM Side Effects & Safety
There isn't enough information to know if dendrobium is safe or what side effects it might cause.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: There isn't enough information to know if dendrobium is safe to take during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Until more is known, avoid using.
Seizures: There is a concern that dendrobium could potentially increase the chance of seizure in some people. Dendrobium contains a chemical that might increase the chance of seizure. If you have ever had a seizure, don’t use dendrobium.
The appropriate dose of dendrobium depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for dendrobium. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.