BLACK WALNUT Overview Information
Black walnut is a tree. People use the outer covering of the nut (the hull) to make medicine.
Black walnut is used to treat parasitic worm infections and certain other infections including diphtheria and syphilis. It is also used for leukemia.
Some people use black walnut as a gargle, apply it to the scalp as hair dye, or put it on the skin to treat wounds.
How does it work?
Black walnut contains high concentrations of chemicals called tannins, which can reduce pain and swelling and dry up body fluids such as mucous.
BLACK WALNUT Side Effects & Safety
Black walnut is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth short-term. It is not known what the possible side effects from short-term use might be.
Black walnut is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when applied directly to the skin. It contains a chemical called juglone that might cause tongue or lip cancer, especially if applied daily.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Don’t apply black walnut to the skin if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. This topical use is POSSIBLY UNSAFE. There is not enough reliable information about the safety of black walnut taken by mouth if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Minor Interaction Be watchful with this combination
- Medications taken by mouth (Oral drugs) interacts with BLACK WALNUT
Black walnut hulls contains a large amount of chemicals called tannins. Tannins absorb substances in the stomach and intestines. Taking black walnut 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 black walnut at least one hour after medications you take by mouth.
BLACK WALNUT Dosing
The appropriate dose of black walnut 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 black walnut. 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.