Ba Ji Tian

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What other names is Ba Ji Tian known by?

Ba Ji, Bi Ji, Indian Mulberry, Morinda, Morinda Root, Morindae officinalis, Morindae Radix, Noni, Racine du Morinda, Radix Morindae Officinalis.

What is Ba Ji Tian?

Ba ji tian is a plant. Its scientific name is Morinda officinalis. The root of the plant is used to make medicine. You may find ba ji tian products that also contain a related plant called Morinda citrifolia.

Ba ji tian is used for improving kidney function and correcting various urination problems, including producing too much urine (polyuria) and bedwetting.

It is also used to treat cancer, gallbladder disorders, hernia, and back pain; and for boosting the body's defense system (immune system), as well as strengthening the body's system that releases chemical messengers called hormones (endocrine system).

Men use ba ji tian for erectile dysfunction (ED) and other sexual performance problems.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of ba ji tian 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 Ba Ji Tian work?

Ba ji tian might help treat depression by increasing the effects of serotonin, a chemical found in the brain.

Are there safety concerns?

Ba ji tian is LIKELY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking ba ji tian if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Painful urination (dysuria): Ba ji tian is thought to stimulate the kidneys, so it might make painful urination worse. Use with caution if you have this problem.

Surgery: Ba ji tian might affect blood sugar levels and could interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgical procedures. Stop using ba ji tian at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

Are there any interactions with medications?



Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs)
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.

Ba ji tian might increase or decrease blood sugar. Diabetes medications are used to lower blood sugar. Taking ba ji tian along with diabetes medications might increase or decrease the effects of these medications. Monitor your blood sugar levels closely is you use ba ji tian and take medications for diabetes. The dose of your diabetes medications may need to be changed.

Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, metformin (Glucophage), pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), and others.

Dosing considerations for Ba Ji Tian.

The appropriate dose of ba ji tian 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 ba ji tian. 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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