How does Juniper work?

Juniper berries contain chemicals that might decrease inflammation and gas. It might also have some antibacterial and antiviral effects. Juniper might also have a diuretic effect and increase the need to urinate.

Are there safety concerns?

Juniper seems to be safe for most adults when taken short-term, but don't use for longer than four weeks. Long-term use can cause kidney problems, seizures, and other serious side-effects.

Juniper seems to be safe when applied to the skin in small areas. Using juniper on the skin can cause some side effects including irritation, burning, redness, and swelling.

Do not use juniper if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You have blood pressure problems.
  • You have diabetes.
  • You have a stomach disorder.
  • You are scheduled for surgery in the next two weeks.

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