AFRICAN WILD POTATO Overview Information
African wild potato is a plant. People use it to make medicine.
The African wild potato is used for urinary tract disorders including bladder infections (cystitis), prostate problems including benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostate cancer; other cancers; and lung disease. It is also used for tuberculosis, arthritis, and a skin condition called psoriasis, as well as for delaying AIDS symptoms in people who are HIV-positive.
Some people apply African wild potato directly to the skin to promote wound healing.
How does it work?
African wild potato contains chemicals that might decrease inflammation.
Possibly Effective for:
- Trouble urinating because of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, BPH). African wild potato contains a chemical called beta-sitosterol, which seems to improve symptoms of BPH. In research, some specific African wild potato extracts (Harzol, Azuprostat) taken by mouth alone, or in combination with other beta-sitosterol sources, reduced urinary symptoms of BPH and improved quality of life.
- Lung cancer. Early research suggests that hypoxoside, an African wild potato extract, might help people with lung cancer live longer.
- Bladder infections.
- Lung disease.
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
- Tuberculosis (TB).
- A skin condition called psoriasis.
- Wound healing.
- Improving the immune system.
- Other conditions.
AFRICAN WILD POTATO Side Effects & Safety
Some African wild potato products are POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth. Side effects include nausea, indigestion, gas, diarrhea, or constipation, and possibly sexual side effects such as trouble getting an erection or less interest in sex. However, other African wild potato products have been associated with decreased production of blood cells and irregular heartbeat.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking African wild potato if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Diabetes: African wild potato might lower blood sugar. Watch for signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and monitor your blood sugar carefully if you have diabetes and use African wild potato.
Kidney disease: African wild potato might decrease kidney function. This might make symptoms worse in people with kidney disease.
A rare inherited fat storage disease called sitosterolemia: People with sitosterolemia tend to develop early heart disease and also tend to accumulate cholesterol deposits under the skin. The beta-sitosterol in African wild potato can make this condition worse. If you have sitosterolemia, don’t use African wild potato.
Surgery: African wild potato might lower blood sugar levels. There is some concern that it might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop using African wild potato at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
AFRICAN WILD POTATO Dosing
The following doses have been studied in scientific research:
- For benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH): African wild potato containing 60 to 130 mg of beta-sitosterol divided into 2-3 doses daily.