Overview

Dendrobium is in the orchid plant family. This type of orchid is native to China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Thailand, Vietnam, and other temperate and tropical Asian regions.

Traditionally, dendrobium plants have been used in Traditional Chinese medicine. Today, dendrobium is showing up in pre-workoutsupplements used to boost physical and athletic performance, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses. Some experts are still touting it as a replacement for the stimulant dimethylamylamine (DMAA). But at least one popular dendrobium-containing supplement (Craze, Driven Sports) has been identified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as being adulterated with a stimulant drug.

How does it work ?

Dendrobium contains several chemicals. Some of these chemicals might have effects in the body. They might lower blood pressure, increase blood sugar, and reduce pain. They might also increase the chance of seizure. However, none of these effects have been studied in people. Therefore, the effects of dendrobium in people are not clear.

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