Codonopsis contains chemicals that seem to slow down the growth of cancer cells. It also seems to affect the immune system.
People use codonopsis for HIV/AIDS, cancer, obesity, diabetes, heartburn, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Codonopsis is sometimes called "poor man's ginseng" because it's used in commercial products as a substitute for Panax ginseng. But none of the active chemicals in ginseng have been found in codonopsis. They are not the same.
Uses & Effectiveness
We currently have no information for CODONOPSIS overview.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if codonopsis is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Surgery: Codonopsis might slow blood clotting. Taking codonopsis might increase the risk for bleeding during and after surgical procedures. Stop using codonopsis at least two weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs) interacts with CODONOPSIS
Codonopsis might slow blood clotting. Taking codonopsis along with medications that also slow blood clotting might increase the risk of bruising and bleeding.
Abiraterone (Zytiga) interacts with CODONOPSIS
Abiraterone is a drug used for cancer. Codonopsis might speed up how quickly the body gets rid of abiraterone. This might reduce the anticancer effects of abiraterone.
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with CODONOPSIS
Codonopsis might lower blood sugar levels. Taking codonopsis along with diabetes medications might cause blood sugar to drop too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely.
Be cautious with this combination
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