- What other names is American Chestnut known by?
- What is American Chestnut?
- How does American Chestnut work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for American Chestnut.
People take American chestnut as a tea for cough, breathing problems, arthritis-like pain (rheumatism), and swelling. They also take it for its calming effects (as a sedative).
Some people gargle with American chestnut for sore throat.
In foods, an extract of American chestnut is used in beverages.
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- Arthritis-like pain (rheumatism).
- Promoting calmness.
- Sore throat, when used as a gargle.
- Other conditions.
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liver damage, and certain cancers.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of American chestnut during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Medications taken by mouth (Oral drugs)
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.
American chestnut contains a large amount of chemicals called tannins. Tannins absorb substances in the stomach and intestines. Taking American chestnut along with medications taken by mouth can decrease how much medicine your body absorbs, and decrease the effectiveness of your medicine. To prevent this interaction, take American chestnut at least 1 hour after medications you take by mouth.
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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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011