Attalea speciosa, Babaçu, Babassou, Babassu Coconut, Babassu Palm Tree, Babussupalme, Cusí, Cusi Palm, Orbignya barbosiana, Orbignya heubneri, Orbignya martiana, Orbignya oleifera, Orbignya phalerata, Orbignya speciosa.
Babassu is a type of tree. People use the fruit, oil, and residues to make medicine.
Babassu is used for many conditions. So far, there isn't enough scientific evidence to determine whether or not it is effective for any of them.
Some people also apply babassu to the skin for ulcers (sores), swelling or infections of the female genital tract, and wound healing.
How does it work?
Babassu fruit contains a chemical called MP1 glucan that reduces early stages of inflammation (swelling). Babassu also contains chemicals that slow blood clotting, decrease thyroid function, stimulate the immune system, repel insects, and promote wound healing.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Stomach and intestine swelling.
- Swelling or infection of the female genital tract.
- Diseases of the veins.
- Ulcers (sores).
- Wound healing.
- Other conditions.
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).
Surgery: Babassu might slow blood clotting. There is a concern that it might cause extra bleeding during and after surgery. Stop taking babassu at least 2 weeks before surgery.
Thyroid problems such as hypothyroidism (too little thyroid hormone) or goiter: Babassu might decrease thyroid function. This might make certain conditions, such as hypothyroidism or goiter, worse. Don't use it.
Medications for an overactive thyroid (Antithyroid drugs)Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.Talk with your health provider.
Babassu might decrease thyroid function. Taking babassu along with medications for an overactive thyroid might decrease the thyroid too much. Don't take babassu if you are taking medications for an overactive thyroid.
Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs)Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.Talk with your health provider.
Babassu might slow blood clotting. Taking babassu along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.
Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, others), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, warfarin (Coumadin), and others.
The appropriate dose of babassu 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 babassu. 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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