Lovage is used for kidney damage in people with diabetes (diabetic nephropathy), indigestion, kidney stones, cough, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
In foods and beverages, lovage is used for flavoring.
In manufacturing, lovage is used as a fragrance in soaps and cosmetics.
How does it work ?
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- Kidney damage in people with diabetes (diabetic nephropathy).
- Gas (flatulence).
- Indigestion (dyspepsia).
- Infections of the kidney, bladder, or urethra (urinary tract infections or UTIs).
- Kidney stones.
- Liver disease.
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
- Sore throat.
- Other conditions.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if lovage is safe to use when breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
High blood pressure: There is a concern that lovage might increase the amount of sodium in the body, and that might increase blood pressure.
Kidney problems: Do not use lovage if you have poor kidney function.
Water pills (Diuretic drugs) interacts with LOVAGE
Lovage seems to work like "water pills" by causing the body to lose water. Taking lovage along with other "water pills" might cause the body to lose too much water. Losing too much water can cause you to be dizzy and your blood pressure to go too low.
Some "water pills" include chlorothiazide (Diuril), chlorthalidone (Thalitone), furosemide (Lasix), hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, Hydrodiuril, Microzide), and others.
Be cautious with this combination
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