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ARROWROOT

Other Names:

Arrow-Root, Arrurruz, Dictame, Herbe aux Flèches, Maranta, Maranta arundinacea, Marante, Marante Arundinacée.

ARROWROOT Overview
ARROWROOT Uses
ARROWROOT Side Effects
ARROWROOT Interactions
ARROWROOT Dosing
ARROWROOT Overview Information

Arrowroot is a plant. People use starch taken from the root and rhizome (underground stem) to make medicine.

Arrowroot is used as a nutritional food for infants and for people recovering from illness. It is also used for stomach and intestinal disorders, including diarrhea.

Some people sooth painful gums and sore mouth by applying arrowroot directly to the affected area. Babies cut teeth on arrowroot cookies.

In foods, arrowroot is used as an ingredient in cooking. Arrowroot is often replaced with cheaper starches, including potato, corn, wheat, or rice starch.

How does it work?

There is some scientific evidence that arrowroot may help get rid of cholesterol in the body. There isn’t enough information to know how it works for stomach and intestinal problems or for other uses.

ARROWROOT Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

Insufficient Evidence for:

  • Stomach and intestinal problems, including diarrhea.
  • Soothing mucous membranes, such as the mouth and gum linings.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of arrowroot for these uses.


ARROWROOT Side Effects & Safety

Arrowroot is safe when the starch is used in foods. It might be safe when used as a medicine that is taken by mouth or applied to the skin.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Arrowroot seems to be safe for pregnant and breast-feeding women in food amounts. But larger medicinal amounts should be avoided until more is known.

ARROWROOT Interactions What is this?

We currently have no information for ARROWROOT Interactions

ARROWROOT Dosing

The appropriate dose of arrowroot 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 arrowroot. 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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