How does Magnolia work?

Magnolia seems to have anxiety-reducing activity in animals. It might also increase steroid production by the body to treat asthma. All research on magnolia has been in laboratories.

Are there safety concerns?

Magnolia appears to be safe for most people when used short-term. The safety of magnolia use for more than 6 weeks is unknown. In one study, one person experienced heartburn, shaking hands, sexual dysfunction, and thyroid dysfunction. Another person experience fatigue and headache. But it is not known if these side effects were caused by magnolia or some other factor.

Taking large amounts might cause excessive sedation.

Do not take magnolia if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You are scheduled for surgery in the next two weeks. Magnolia might cause excessive sedation if combined with medications used during and after surgery.

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