COUNTRY MALLOW Overview Information
Country mallow is a plant. The seeds and root are used to make medicine.
Country mallow contains ephedrine, which is an amphetamine-like stimulant that can cause harmful side effects. Since April 2004 the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned ephedra, country mallow, and other products that contain ephedrine.
Despite serious safety concerns, country mallow is used to treat bronchial asthma, tuberculosis, colds, flu, swine flu, chills, lack of perspiration, headaches, nasal congestion, cough and wheezing, urinary infections, sore mouth, and fluid retention. It is also used for heart disease, stroke, facial paralysis, tissue pain and swelling (inflammation), sciatic nerve pain, insanity, nerve pain, nerve inflammation, ongoing achy joints (chronic rheumatism), and unwanted weight loss.
Some people use country mallow as a stimulant, painkiller, and tonic; and to increase urine production and raise sexual arousal. It is also used before and after cancer chemotherapy to speed recovery from the treatment.
In herbal combinations, country mallow is used for weight loss, erectile dysfunction (ED), sinus problems, allergy, throat diseases, asthma, and bronchitis. These combinations are also used to burn fat, increase energy, and promote strong bones.
In combination with ginger, country mallow root is used for the type of fever that comes and goes.
In combination with milk and sugar, country mallow root is used for urinary urgency and vaginal discharges.
Country mallow is applied directly to the skin for numbness, nerve pain, muscle cramps, skin disorders, tumors, joint diseases, wounds, ulcers, scorpion sting, snakebite, and as a massage oil.
How does it work?
Country mallow plant contains ephedrine, which is an amphetamine-like stimulant. It is unknown how country mallow might work for other medicinal uses.
COUNTRY MALLOW Side Effects & Safety
Country mallow is UNSAFE for any use. Country mallow contains ephedrine. Country mallow is banned in the US due to safety concerns. Another herb that contains ephedrine called ephedra is linked to high blood pressure, heart attacks, muscle disorders, seizures, strokes, irregular heartbeat, loss of consciousness, and death. Country mallow might also cause these side effects.
Country mallow might also cause dizziness, restlessness, irritability, insomnia, headache, lack of appetite, nausea, vomiting, flushing, tingling, difficulty urinating, and pounding heartbeat.
Do not use country mallow with other stimulants such as caffeine. This might increase the chance of having side effects, including life-threatening ones. Sources of caffeine include coffee, tea, kola nut, guarana, and mate.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Country mallow is UNSAFE. Do not use.
Chest pain (angina): Country mallow can make angina worse because it stimulates the heart. Country mallow is unsafe for anyone to use, but it is particularly unsafe if you have angina. Do not use.
Anxiety: Country mallow can stimulate the nervous system. Large doses might make anxiety worse. Do not use.
Irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia), rapid heartbeat (tachycardia), or heart disease: Because country mallow stimulates the heart, it might make these conditions worse. Country mallow is unsafe for anyone to use, but it is particularly unsafe if you have an irregular, rapid heartbeat, or heart disease. Do not use.
Diabetes: Country mallow might interfere with blood sugar control, and might worsen high blood pressure and circulatory problems in people with diabetes. Do not use.
Essential tremor: Country mallow might make essential tremor worse due to its stimulant effects. Do not use.
High blood pressure: Country mallow might make high blood pressure worse. Country mallow is unsafe for anyone to use, but it is particularly unsafe if you have high blood pressure. Do not use.
Thyroid problems: There is a concern that country mallow might stimulate the thyroid and make thyroid problems worse. Do not use.
Kidney stones: The ephedrine in country mallow might cause kidney stones. This is especially harmful if you already have kidney stones. Do not use.
Glaucoma: Country mallow might make glaucoma worse by causing the pupils to dilate. Do not use.
A tumor on the adrenal gland (pheochromocytoma): Country mallow might make the symptoms of pheochromocytoma worse. Do not use.
Major Interaction Do not take this combination
- Medications that can cause an irregular heartbeat (QT interval-prolonging drugs) interacts with COUNTRY MALLOW
Country mallow can increase the speed of your heartbeat. Taking country mallow along with medications that can cause an irregular heartbeat might cause serious side effects including heart attack.
Some medications that can cause an irregular heartbeat include amiodarone (Cordarone), disopyramide (Norpace), dofetilide (Tikosyn), ibutilide (Corvert), procainamide (Pronestyl), quinidine, sotalol (Betapace), thioridazine (Mellaril), and many others.
- Methylxanthines interacts with COUNTRY MALLOW
Country mallow can simulate the body. Methylxanthines also stimulate the body. Taking country mallow with methylxanthines might cause side effects such as jitteriness, nervousness, a fast heartbeat, high blood pressure, and anxiety.
Methylxanthines include aminophylline, caffeine, and theophylline.
- Stimulant drugs interacts with COUNTRY MALLOW
Stimulant drugs speed up the nervous system and can make you feel jittery and speed up your heartbeat. Country mallow can also speed up the nervous system. Taking country mallow along with stimulant drugs might cause serious problems including increased heart rate and high blood pressure. Avoid taking stimulant drugs along with country mallow.
Some stimulant drugs include diethylpropion (Tenuate), epinephrine, phentermine (Ionamin), pseudoephedrine (Sudafed), and many others.
Moderate Interaction Be cautious with this combination
- Dexamethasone (Decadron) interacts with COUNTRY MALLOW
The body breaks down dexamethasone (Decadron) to get rid of it. Country mallow might increase how quickly the body breaks down dexamethasone (Decadron). By increasing how quickly the body breaks down dexamethasone (Decadron) country mallow might decrease the effectiveness of dexamethasone (Decadron).
- Ergot Derivatives interacts with COUNTRY MALLOW
Country mallow can increase blood pressure. Ergot derivatives can also increase blood pressure. Taking country mallow with ergot derivatives might increase blood pressure too much.
Some of these ergot derivatives include bromocriptine (Parlodel), dihydroergotamine (Migranal, DHE-45), ergotamine (Cafergot), and pergolide (Permax).
- Medications for depression (MAOIs) interacts with COUNTRY MALLOW
Country mallow contains chemicals that stimulate the body. Some medications used for depression can increase these chemicals. Taking country mallow with these medications used for depression might cause too much stimulation. This could cause serious side effects including fast heartbeat, high blood pressure, seizures, nervousness, and others.
Some of these medications used for depression include phenelzine (Nardil), tranylcypromine (Parnate), and others.
- Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with COUNTRY MALLOW
Country mallow might increase blood sugar. Diabetes medications are used to lower blood sugar. By increasing blood sugar, country mallow might decrease the effectiveness of diabetes medications. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.
Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.
COUNTRY MALLOW Dosing
The appropriate dose of country mallow 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 country mallow. 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.