Phellodendron

How does Phellodendron work?

Some chemicals in phellodendron might reduce redness and swelling (inflammation). Another chemical, berberine, might be able to lower blood sugar and "bad" LDL cholesterol as well as protect the liver against toxic materials. Berberine might also be active against tumors. However, berberine can be harmful as well.

Are there safety concerns?

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

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's UNSAFE to use phellodendron if you are pregnant. Phellodendron contains a chemical called berberine, which can cross the placenta and might harm the fetus. It's also UNSAFE to use phellodendron if you are breast-feeding. Berberine can be transferred to the infant through breast milk and can cause brain damage in newborns, especially in premature newborns with jaundice. Jaundice is a yellowing of the eyes and skin due to bile pigments in the blood.

Children: Phellodendron is UNSAFE in newborn infants. It can cause brain damage, especially in premature infants with jaundice.


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