GREATER BINDWEED

OTHER NAME(S):

Bearbind, Bear's-Bind, Calystegia sepium, Correhuela Mayor, Devil's Vine, Grand Liseron, Hedge Bindweed, Hedge Convolvulus, Hedge Lily, Lady's Nightcap, Liseron des Bois, Liseron des Haies, Old Man's Night Cap, Rutland Beauty.<br/><br/>

Overview

Overview Information

Greater bindweed is a plant. The powdered root and whole flowering plant are used to make medicine.

Despite safety concerns, people take greater bindweed for treating fever, urinary tract problems, and constipation; and for increasing bile production.

How does it work?

People try greater bindweed as a laxative to relieve constipation because it contains substances that can soften stools and increase gut muscle contractions. These effects help move stool through the digestive tract. It’s not known how greater bindweed might work as a medicine for other conditions.

Uses

Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Fever.
  • Urinary tract problems.
  • Constipation.
  • Increasing bile production.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of greater bindweed for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

Greater bindweed may be UNSAFE due to its strong laxative effects. Large amounts can cause stomach pain.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It might be UNSAFE to take greater bindweed if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. It can act as a strong laxative, and this might be harmful.

Stomach pain or intestinal conditions such as obstruction, appendicitis, colitis, Crohn’s disease, or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Don’t use greater bindweed if you have any of these conditions. It is a strong laxative and might make your condition worse.

Interactions

Interactions?

Moderate Interaction

Be cautious with this combination

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  • Digoxin (Lanoxin) interacts with GREATER BINDWEED

    Greater bindweed is a type of laxative called a stimulant laxative. Stimulant laxatives can decrease potassium levels in the body. Low potassium levels can increase the risk of side effects of digoxin (Lanoxin).

  • Warfarin (Coumadin) interacts with GREATER BINDWEED

    Greater bindweed can work as a laxative. In some people greater bindweed can cause diarrhea. Diarrhea can increase the effects of warfarin and increase the risk of bleeding. If you take warfarin do not to take excessive amounts of greater bindweed.

  • Water pills (Diuretic drugs) interacts with GREATER BINDWEED

    Greater bindweed is a laxative. Some laxatives can decrease potassium in the body. "Water pills" can also decrease potassium in the body. Taking greater bindweed along with "water pills" might decrease potassium in the body too much.<br><nb>Some "water pills" that can decrease potassium include chlorothiazide (Diuril), chlorthalidone (Thalitone), furosemide (Lasix), hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, Hydrodiuril, Microzide), and others.

Dosing

Dosing

The appropriate dose of greater bindweed 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 greater bindweed. 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:

  • Bruneton J. Pharmacognosy, Phytochemistry, Medicinal Plants. Paris: Lavoisier Publishing, 1995.

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