Despite serious safety concerns, aristolochia is sometimes used by mouth to prevent seizures, increase sexual desire, boost the immune system, and start menstruation, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
How does it work ?
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- Absence of menstrual periods (amenorrhea).
- Achy joints (rheumatism).
- Boosting the body's defense system (immune system).
- Excessive crying in infants (colic).
- Eczema (atopic dermatitis).
- Gallbladder pain.
- Increasing response to sexual stimuli in healthy people.
- Other conditions.
Health authorities around the world have taken action to protect the public against aristolochia and aristolochic acid. Aristolochia is banned in the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, France, Great Britain, Belgium, and Japan. In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seizes any product that it believes might contain aristolochic acid.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Health authorities around the world have taken action to protect the public against aristolochia and aristolochic acid. Aristolochia is banned in the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, France, Great Britain, Belgium, and Japan. In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seizes any product that it believes might contain aristolochic acid. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Aristolochia is UNSAFE for anyone to use, including pregnant and breast-feeding women. Aristolochia contains aristolochic acid, which is toxic to the kidneys and causes cancer. Don't use it.
Kidney disease: Aristolochia might bring on early kidney failure in people with kidney disease.
Medications that can harm the kidneys (Nephrotoxic Drugs) interacts with ARISTOLOCHIA
Aristolochia damages the kidneys. Some medications can also damage the kidneys. Taking aristolochia with other medications that can harm the kidneys can increase kidney damage.
Some of these medications that can harm the kidneys include cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune); aminoglycosides including amikacin (Amikin), gentamicin (Garamycin, Gentak, others), and tobramycin (Nebcin, others); nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) including ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin, others), indomethacin (Indocin), naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox, Naprelan, Naprosyn), piroxicam (Feldene); and numerous others. Before taking this product, talk with your health professional if you take any medications.
Be cautious with this combination
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