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    SYRIAN RUE

    Other Names:

    African Rue, Alharma, Gamarza, Harmalkraute, Harmel, Harmelbuske, Peganum harmala, Rue Savage, Steppenraute, Wild Rue.

    SYRIAN RUE Overview
    SYRIAN RUE Uses
    SYRIAN RUE Side Effects
    SYRIAN RUE Interactions
    SYRIAN RUE Dosing
    SYRIAN RUE Overview Information

    Syrian rue is a plant that grows in parts of the United States, Asia, Africa, and Europe. The seeds of the plant can cause hallucinations and have stimulant effects when taken by mouth.

    People take Syrian rue by mouth to terminate pregnancy and for the absence of a monthly menstrual period, cancer, depression, diabetes, painful menstruation, hypothermia, insomnia, pain, parasites, Parkinson's disease, and a joint disorder called rheumatoid arthritis.

    People apply Syrian rue to the skin for hair loss, dandruff, eczema, hemorrhoids, and scaly, itchy skin (psoriasis).

    In manufacturing, the Syrian rue seeds are used to produce a red dye to color rugs.

    How does it work?

    The Syrian rue seed contains chemicals called beta-carbonlines. These chemicals cause many different effects in the body, including stimulant effects and hallucinations. However, these constituents also seem to have effects that are similar to certain medicines used to treat Alzheimer's disease.

    SYRIAN RUE Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

    Insufficient Evidence for:

    More evidence is needed to rate Syrian rue for these uses.


    SYRIAN RUE Side Effects & Safety

    Syrian rue is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth in low doses. Taking 3-4 grams of Syrian rue seeds can cause hallucinations and stimulant effects.

    Syrian rue is LIKELY UNSAFE when taken by mouth in high doses. Serious side effects affecting the nervous system, heart, liver, and kidneys, as well as death, have been reported in people who consumed high amounts of Syrian rue seeds.

    Special Precautions & Warnings:

    Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Syrian rue is LIKELY UNSAFE when taken by mouth during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Syrian rue can make a pregnant woman go into labor. Avoid use.

    Slow heart rate and heart disease: Syrian rue contains the chemicals harmaline and harmine. These chemicals might cause complications in people who have a slow heart rate or heart disease. People with these conditions should avoid taking Syrian rue.

    Blockage in the stomach: Syrian rue contains the chemicals harmaline and harmine. These chemicals might cause complications in people who have a blockage in the stomach. People with this condition should avoid taking Syrian rue.

    Liver disease: Liver damage has occurred in people who have taken Syrian rue. People with liver diseases, including hepatitis, should avoid taking Syrian rue.

    Stomach ulcers: Syrian rue contains the chemicals harmaline and harmine. These chemicals might cause complications in people who have stomach ulcers. People with stomach ulcers should avoid taking Syrian rue.

    Lung conditions: Syrian rue contains the chemicals harmaline and harmine. These chemicals might cause complications in people who have lung conditions, including asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). People with lung conditions should avoid taking Syrian rue.

    Seizures: Syrian rue contains the chemicals harmaline and harmine. These chemicals might cause complications in people who have seizures. People with seizures should avoid taking Syrian rue.

    Surgery: Syrian rue can affect levels of serotonin in the brain. In theory, Syrian rue might interfere with surgical procedures. Discontinue Syrian rue use at least 2 weeks before a planned surgery.

    Blockage in the urinary tract: Syrian rue contains the chemicals harmaline and harmine. These chemicals might cause complications in people who have a blockage in the urinary track. People with this condition should avoid taking Syrian rue.

    SYRIAN RUE Interactions What is this?

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    SYRIAN RUE Dosing

    The appropriate dose of Syrian rue 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 Syrian rue (in children/in adults). 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.

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