Black Catechu: Acacia à Cachou, Acacia catechu, Acacia Catechu Heartwood Extract, Black Cutch, Cachou, Cachou de Pegu, Cachou Noir, Cachou, Cashou, Cashoo, Cashou, Catechu nigrum, Catecu, Cutch, Cutchtree, Dark Catechu, Er Cha, Khadira, Khair, Khadira, Kher, Khoyer, Mimosa catechu, Pegu Catechu.<br/><br/> Pale Catechu: Cachou Pâle, Cube Gambir, Extrait de Brindille/Feuille d’Uncaria Gambier, Gambier, Gambir, Gambir Catechu, Japan Earth, Nauclea gambir, Ourouparia gambir, Terra Japonica, Uncaria gambier, Uncaria Gambier Leaf/Twig Extract, White Cutch.<br/><br/>
Overview InformationCatechu is an herb. The leaves, shoots, and wood are used to make medicine. The two types of catechu, black catechu and pale catechu, contain slightly different chemicals, but they are used for the same purposes and at the same dose..
Catechu is most commonly used by mouth for stomach problems such as diarrhea, swelling of the colon (colitis), and indigestion. It is also used orally for pain from osteoarthritis and topically to treat pain, bleeding, and swelling (inflammation). But there is limited scientific evidence to support any of these uses.
In foods and beverages, catechu is used as a flavoring agent.
How does it work?It is thought that catechu may contain chemicals that can decrease inflammation and kill bacteria.
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- Osteoarthritis. Early research suggests that taking catechu extract in combination with Baikal skullcap seems to reduce pain in people with osteoarthritis of the knee.
- Swelling of the nose and throat.
- Swelling in the colon.
- Skin diseases.
- Other conditions.
Side Effects & SafetyCatechu is LIKELY SAFE when taken in amounts found in food. Catechu is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken in medicinal amounts for a short period of time. A specific combination product called flavocoxid (Limbrel, Primus Pharmaceuticals) that contains catechu was safely used in research studies lasting up to 12 weeks. However, there are concerns that this combination product might cause liver problems in some people. This side effect does not appear to be common and might only occur in people who have a type of allergic reaction to it.
It’s also not known whether it’s safe to apply catechu directly to the skin.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Catechu is safe for pregnant and breast-feeding women in food amounts. But larger medicinal amounts should be avoided until more is known.
Low blood pressure (hypotension): Catechu might lower blood pressure. There is a concern that it might lower blood pressure too much, causing fainting and other symptoms, in people who already have low blood pressure.
Surgery: Because catechu might lower blood pressure, there is a concern that it might interfere with blood pressure control during and after surgery. Stop using catechu at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Be cautious with this combination
Medications for high blood pressure (Antihypertensive drugs) interacts with CATECHU
Catechu might decrease blood pressure. Taking catechu along with medications used for high blood pressure might cause your blood pressure to go too low.<br/><br/> Some medications for high blood pressure include captopril (Capoten), enalapril (Vasotec), losartan (Cozaar), valsartan (Diovan), diltiazem (Cardizem), Amlodipine (Norvasc), hydrochlorothiazide (HydroDIURIL), furosemide (Lasix), and many others.
The appropriate dose of catechu 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 catechu. 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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