CHINESE MALLOW

OTHER NAME(S):

Cluster Mallow, Cluster Malva, Malva, Malva verticillata, Mauve Chinoise, Mauve Crépue, Mauve Frisée, Mauve Verticillee, Whorled Mallow.

Overview

Overview Information

Chinese mallow is an herb. The leaf used to be eaten as a vegetable. Some people use the seed to make medicine.

People use Chinese mallow for constipation, kidney failure, and diabetes, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

How does it work?

There isn't enough reliable information available to know how Chinese mallow might work.

Uses

Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Increasing milk flow during breast-feeding.
  • Constipation.
  • Diabetes.
  • Kidney failure.
  • Increasing urine production.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Chinese mallow for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: There isn't enough reliable information to know if Chinese mallow is safe or what the side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if Chinese mallow is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Diabetes: Chinese mallow might lower blood sugar. Taking Chinese mallow extract along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.

Surgery: Chinese mallow might affect blood sugar levels. There is some concern that it might make blood sugar control difficult during and after surgery. Stop taking Chinese mallow at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

Interactions

Interactions?

Moderate Interaction

Be cautious with this combination

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  • Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with CHINESE MALLOW

    Chinese mallow extract might decrease blood sugar. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking Chinese mallow extract along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. 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.

Dosing

Dosing

The appropriate dose of Chinese 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 Chinese 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.

View References

REFERENCES:

  • Gonda R, Tomoda M, Kanari M, et al. Constituents of the seed of Malva verticillata. VI. Characterization and immunological activities of a novel acidic polysaccharide. Chem Pharm Bull (Tokyo) 1990;38:2771-4. View abstract.
  • Gonda R, Tomoda M, Shimizu N, Kanari M. Characterization of an acidic polysaccharide from the seeds of Malva verticillata stimulating the phagocytic activity of cells of the RES. Planta Med 1990;56:73-6. View abstract.
  • Jeong YT, Song CH. Antidiabetic activities of extract from Malva verticillate seed via the activation of AMP-activated protein kinase. J Microbiol Biotechnol 2011;21(90):921-9. doi: 10.4014/jmb.1104.04015. View abstract.
  • Jung-Hwan K, Youn Hee N, Sun-Woo J, et al. Flavonoid 8-O-Glucuronides from the Aerial Parts of Malva verticillata and Their Recovery Effects on Alloxan-Induced Pancreatic Islets in Zebrafish. Molecules. 2018 Apr;23(4):833. View abstract.
  • Shimizu N, Asahara H, Tomoda M, et al. Constituents of seed of Malva verticillata. VII. Structural features and reticuloendothelial system-potentiating activity of MVS-I, the major neutral polysaccharide. Chem Pharm Bull (Tokyo) 1991;39:2630-2. View abstract.
  • Shimizu N, Tomoda M. Constituents of the seed of Malva verticillata. I. Structural features of the major neutral polysaccharide. Chem Pharm Bull (Tokyo) 1987;35:4981-4. View abstract.
  • Tomoda M, Asahara H, Gonda R, Takada K. Constituents of the seed of Malva verticillata. VIII. Smith degradation of MVS-VI, the major acidic polysaccharide, and anti-complementary activity of products. Chem Pharm Bull (Tokyo) 1992;40:2219-21. View abstract.
  • Tomoda M, Shimizu N, Gonda R, et al. Anti-complementary and hypoglycemic activities of the glycans from the seeds of Malva verticillata. Planta Med 1990;56:168-70. View abstract.

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