BETONY Overview Information
Betony is a plant. The parts that grow above the ground are dried and used to make medicine.
Betony is used for digestion problems including heartburn, diarrhea, and intestinal gas; for breathing problems including bronchitis and asthma; for painful conditions including gout, headache, and facial pain; and for urinary tract conditions including bladder and kidney stones (nephrolithiasis) and bladder pain and swelling (inflammation). It is also used to treat stress and tension, nervousness, and epilepsy.
In combination with other herbs, betony is used to treat nerve pain (neuralgia) and anxiety.
How does it work?
It is thought that the chemicals in betony may decrease blood pressure, and this suggests it might be useful for treating headache and anxiety.
BETONY Side Effects & Safety
There is not enough information about betony to know if it is safe to take. It might cause stomach upset in some people.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of betony during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Surgery: Betony might affect blood pressure. So there is some concern that it might interfere with blood pressure control during and after surgery. Stop using betony at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Moderate Interaction Be cautious with this combination
- Medications for high blood pressure (Antihypertensive drugs) interacts with BETONY
Betony seems to decrease blood pressure. Taking betony along with medications for high blood pressure might cause your blood pressure to go too low.
Some medications for high blood pressure include captopril (Capoten), enalapril (Vasotec), losartan (Cozaar), valsartan (Diovan), diltiazem (Cardizem), Amlodipine (Norvasc), hydrochlorothiazide (HydroDiuril), furosemide (Lasix), and many others.
The appropriate dose of betony 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 betony. 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.