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RHATANY

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Brazilian Rhatany, Krameria, Krameria argentea, Krameria iluca, Krameria lappacea, Krameria triandra, Mapato, Peruvian Rhatany, Pumacuchu, Raiz Para Los Dientes, Ratanhia, Ratanhiae Radix, Ratanhiawurzel, Ratanhia, Ratanhia du Brésil, Ratanhia d...
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RHATANY Overview
RHATANY Uses
RHATANY Side Effects
RHATANY Interactions
RHATANY Dosing
RHATANY Overview Information

Rhatany (Krameria triandra) is a plant that is fairly uncommon. The root is used as medicine. Related plants (other Krameria species) are sometimes secretly added to rhatany preparations to expand the amount of product provided.

People take rhatany for intestinal swelling (enteritis) and chest pain (angina).

Rhatany is sometimes used as a mouthwash or gargle for mild mouth and throat irritation, swollen gums, cracked tongue, and canker sores. It is also applied to the skin for leg ulcers and for swelling and itchiness caused by cold and damp weather (chilblains).

How does it work?

Rhatany contains high concentrations of tannins. Astringent chemicals, such as tannins, can reduce inflammation by shrinking tissues and pus.

RHATANY Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

Insufficient Evidence for:

  • Intestinal inflammation (enteritis).
  • Chest pain (angina).
  • Leg ulcers, when applied to the skin.
  • Mild mouth and throat irritation, when used as a mouthwash or gargle.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of rhatany for these uses.


RHATANY Side Effects & Safety

Rhatany is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth for less than two weeks. There isn't enough information to know if it is safe to take long-term or use on the skin. Rhatany can cause some side effects such as digestive complaints. Rarely, rhatany has caused allergic reactions in the linings of the mouth and throat.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

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

Rhatany allergy: Don’t use rhatany if you are allergic to it.

RHATANY Interactions What is this?

Moderate Interaction Be cautious with this combination

  • Medications taken by mouth (Oral drugs) interacts with RHATANY

    Rhatany contains a large amount of chemicals called tannins. Tannins absorb substances in the stomach and intestines. Taking rhatany along with medications taken by mouth can decrease how much medicine your body absorbs, and decrease the effectiveness of your medicine. To prevent this interaction, take rhatany at least one hour after medications you take by mouth.


RHATANY Dosing

The appropriate dose of rhatany 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 rhatany. 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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