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AFRICAN WILD POTATO

Other Names:

African Potato, Bantu Tulip, Hypoxis, Hypoxis hemerocallidea, Hypoxis Plant, Hypoxis rooperi, Papa Silvestre Africana, Pomme de Terre Sauvage d'Afrique, South African Star Grass, Sterretjie.

AFRICAN WILD POTATO Overview
AFRICAN WILD POTATO Uses
AFRICAN WILD POTATO Side Effects
AFRICAN WILD POTATO Interactions
AFRICAN WILD POTATO Dosing
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.

AFRICAN WILD POTATO Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

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.

Insufficient Evidence for:

  • Lung cancer. Developing research suggests hypoxoside, an African wild potato extract, might help people with lung cancer live longer.
  • Bladder infections.
  • Cancer.
  • Lung disease.
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
  • Tuberculosis (TB).
  • Arthritis.
  • A skin condition called psoriasis.
  • Wound healing.
  • Improving the immune system.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of African wild potato for these uses.


AFRICAN WILD POTATO Side Effects & Safety

Some African wild potato products appear to be safe for most people. 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: Not enough is known about the use of African wild potato during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

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.

AFRICAN WILD POTATO Interactions What is this?

We currently have no information for AFRICAN WILD POTATO Interactions

AFRICAN WILD POTATO Dosing

The following doses have been studied in scientific research:

BY MOUTH:

  • For benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH): African wild potato containing 60 to 130 mg of beta-sitosterol divided into 2-3 doses daily.

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