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    Other Names:

    Chinese Cherry, Euphoria didyma, Lechia, Leechee, Lichee, Litchi, Litchi chinensis, Litchi philippinensis, Nephelium litchi.

    LYCHEE Overview
    LYCHEE Uses
    LYCHEE Side Effects
    LYCHEE Interactions
    LYCHEE Dosing
    LYCHEE Overview Information

    Lychee is a tree. The fruit is eaten as a food and used for medicine.

    People take lychee for cough, fever, pain, to invigorate the body, and to promote urination.

    In foods, lychee fruit is peeled and eaten alone or as part of a dish.

    How does it work?

    Lychee might lessen swelling and reduce feelings of pain. It might also stimulate the immune system and work as an antioxidant.

    LYCHEE Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

    Insufficient Evidence for:

    • Coughs.
    • Fever.
    • Pain.
    • Other conditions.
    More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of lychee for these uses.

    LYCHEE Side Effects & Safety

    It isn't known if lychee is safe. In some people, lychee might cause allergic reactions.

    Special Precautions & Warnings:

    Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of lychee during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

    "Auto-immune diseases" such as multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, SLE), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), or other conditions: Lychee might cause the immune system to become more active. This might increase the symptoms of auto-immune diseases. If you have an auto-immune condition, it's best to use lychee cautiously until more is known.

    Allergies: Lychee might cause allergic reactions in people who are allergic to birch, sunflower seeds and other plants from the same family, mugwort, and latex.

    Diabetes: Lychee extract might lower blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes and take lychee extract, monitor your blood sugar levels closely.

    Surgery: Lychee extract might lower blood sugar levels. There is some concern that it might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop using lychee extract at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

    LYCHEE Interactions What is this?

    We currently have no information for LYCHEE Interactions

    LYCHEE Dosing

    The appropriate dose of lychee 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 lychee. 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.

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