Canaigre

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What other names is Canaigre known by?

Canaigre du Mexique, Canegra, Ginseng Rouge du Désert, Red American Ginseng, Rhubarbe Sauvage, Rubardo Silvestre, Rumex hymenosepalus, Wild Red American Ginseng, Wild Red Desert Ginseng.

What is Canaigre?

Canaigre is a plant. The root is used to make medicine.

People take canaigre for improving physical and athletic stamina, work efficiency, and thinking skills and concentration. They also take it as a general tonic to improve well-being. Other uses for canaigre include soothing irritated or swollen tissues and treating water retention, depression, and leprosy.

In manufacturing, canaigre is used for tanning leather and dying wool.

Canaigre is sometimes called red American ginseng, wild red American ginseng, or wild red desert ginseng. However, despite the "ginseng" name, it is not related to Panax ginseng, Siberian ginseng, or American ginseng and should not be confused with them.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Depression.
  • Fluid retention.
  • Leprosy.
  • Improving physical stamina.
  • Improving work efficiency.
  • Improving thinking skills and mental concentration.
  • As a general tonic.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of canaigre for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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How does Canaigre work?

Canaigre contains chemicals called tannins that act as a drying medicine and can help reduce swelling.

Are there safety concerns?

Canaigre seems to be safe for most people in usual amounts, but taking large amounts might be UNSAFE. There is concern that big doses of canaigre might contain enough tannins to cause cancer.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of canaigre during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Dosing considerations for Canaigre.

The appropriate dose of canaigre 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 canaigre. 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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Reviewed on 3/29/2011 12:35:40 PM

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