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What is prickly pear cactus?

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Prickly pear cactus is often used in Mexican cuisine. It’s also used as folk medicine. It’s thought to help lower blood sugar levels, high cholesterol, and ease symptoms of enlarged prostate. But more research is needed to know if it really works. Other people use it for mosquito bites or sunburn. Again, researchers need more evidence to know if it helps.

From: Prickly Pear Cactus WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L.J., editor, , third edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site: "Prickly Pear Cactus."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Prickly Pear Cactus."

Rakel, D. , 3rd edition, Saunders, 2012. Integrative Medicine

Drugs.com: "Prickly Pear.'

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on May 29, 2019

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L.J., editor, , third edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site: "Prickly Pear Cactus."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Prickly Pear Cactus."

Rakel, D. , 3rd edition, Saunders, 2012. Integrative Medicine

Drugs.com: "Prickly Pear.'

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on May 29, 2019

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