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CUBEBS

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Cubeb, Cubeb Berries, Cubeba, Cubeba officinalis, Cubèbe, Java Pepper, Kabab Chini, Kankol, Pimienta de Java, Piper cubeba, Poivre Cubèbe, Poivre de Java, Poivre à Queue, Poivrier Cubèbe, Sheetal, Tailed Chubebs, Tailed Pepp...
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CUBEBS Overview
CUBEBS Uses
CUBEBS Side Effects
CUBEBS Interactions
CUBEBS Dosing
CUBEBS Overview Information

Cubebs is an herb. The dried, fully-grown but unripe fruit is used to make medicine.

People use cubebs for increasing urination to relieve water retention (as a diuretic). They also use it to treat a certain parasitic infection in the intestines called amoebic dysentery. Other uses include treatment of intestinal gas, gonorrhea, and cancer. Some people take it for loosening mucus.

In foods, cubebs oil is used as a flavoring ingredient.

How does it work?

Cubebs contains cubebic acid, which might have an effect on the urinary and respiratory tracts.

CUBEBS Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

Insufficient Evidence for:

  • Increasing urination.
  • Amoebic dysentery.
  • Intestinal gas (flatulence).
  • Gonorrhea.
  • Cancer.
  • Loosening mucus.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of cubebs for these uses.


CUBEBS Side Effects & Safety

Cubebs seems to be safe for most people when taken by mouth, but the possible side effects are not known.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

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

Infection or swelling (inflammation) of the stomach or intestines (gastrointestinal tract, GI tract): Cubebs may irritate the GI tract. Don’t use it if you have a stomach or intestinal problem.

Kidney disease (nephritis): Don’t use cubebs if you have this condition.

CUBEBS Interactions What is this?

Minor Interaction Be watchful with this combination

  • Antacids interacts with CUBEBS

    Antacids are used to decrease stomach acid. Cubebs may increase stomach acid. By increasing stomach acid, cubebs might decrease the effectiveness of antacids.
    Some antacids include calcium carbonate (Tums, others), dihydroxyaluminum sodium carbonate (Rolaids, others), magaldrate (Riopan), magnesium sulfate (Bilagog), aluminum hydroxide (Amphojel), and others.

  • Medications that decrease stomach acid (H2-Blockers) interacts with CUBEBS

    Cubebs might increase stomach acid. By increasing stomach acid, cubebs might decrease the effectiveness of some medications that decrease stomach acid, called H2-blockers.
    Some medications that decrease stomach acid include cimetidine (Tagamet), ranitidine (Zantac), nizatidine (Axid), and famotidine (Pepcid).

  • Medications that decrease stomach acid (Proton pump inhibitors) interacts with CUBEBS

    Cubebs might increase stomach acid. By increasing stomach acid, cubebs might decrease the effectiveness of medications that are used to decrease stomach acid called proton pump inhibitors.
    Some medications that decrease stomach acid include omeprazole (Prilosec), lansoprazole (Prevacid), rabeprazole (Aciphex), pantoprazole (Protonix), and esomeprazole (Nexium).


CUBEBS Dosing

The appropriate dose of cubebs 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 cubebs. 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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