Overview

Durian is an evergreen, tropical tree found in southeast Asia. The distinctive fruit has a spiky outer covering and smells of rotten eggs. The fruit, bark, roots, and leaves are used to make medicine.

People use durian for fever, high blood pressure, liver disease, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

How does it work ?

There isn't enough reliable information to know how durian might work.

Uses & Effectiveness ?

Insufficient Evidence for

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of durian for these uses.

Side Effects

When taken by mouth: Durian fruit that has had the seeds removed is LIKELY SAFE when eaten in food amounts. There isn't enough reliable information to know if durian fruit is safe in the amounts used in medicines.

Durian seeds are POSSIBLY UNSAFE unless cooked. The raw seeds contain chemicals that are thought to be toxic and carcinogenic.

Special Precautions and Warnings

When taken by mouth: Durian fruit that has had the seeds removed is LIKELY SAFE when eaten in food amounts. There isn't enough reliable information to know if durian fruit is safe in the amounts used in medicines.

Durian seeds are POSSIBLY UNSAFE unless cooked. The raw seeds contain chemicals that are thought to be toxic and carcinogenic. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if durian is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Diabetes: There is concern that durian fruit might make diabetes worse if eaten regularly. It increases blood sugar levels more than other fruits, such as bananas or mangos.

Interactions ?

    Moderate Interaction

    Be cautious with this combination

  • Alcohol (Ethanol) interacts with DURIAN

    The body breaks down alcohol to get rid of it. Durian might decrease how quickly the body breaks down alcohol. Drinking alcohol and taking durian might increase the effects and side effects of alcohol. Don't drink any alcohol if you are taking durian.

Dosing

The appropriate dose of durian 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 durian. 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

CONDITIONS OF USE AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This information is meant to supplement, not replace advice from your doctor or healthcare provider and is not meant to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions or adverse effects. This information may not fit your specific health circumstances. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified health care provider because of something you have read on WebMD. You should always speak with your doctor or health care professional before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your health care plan or treatment and to determine what course of therapy is right for you.

This copyrighted material is provided by Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Consumer Version. Information from this source is evidence-based and objective, and without commercial influence. For professional medical information on natural medicines, see Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Professional Version.
© Therapeutic Research Faculty 2020.