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Why do people take prickly pear cactus?

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Prickly pear cactus is a folk remedy for many other conditions, ranging from sunburn to ulcers to preventing mosquito bites. Some people use it on the skin to soothe big bites. Prickly pear cactus may also help prevent hangovers by reducing swelling. But it's not clear if these uses actually work. Talk with your doctor before you try it, so you know what the side effects may be.

From: Prickly Pear Cactus WebMD Medical Reference

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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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