Capers

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What other names is Capers known by?

Alcaparras, Cabra, Caper Bush, Capparis rupestris, Capparis spinosa, Cappero, Câprier, Câprier Épineux, Câpre, Câpres, Fabagelle, Himsra.

What is Capers?

The caper is a plant. The unopened flower bud and other parts that grow above the ground are used for medicine.

People use capers for diabetes, fungal infections, chest congestion, worms in the intestines, and a skin disease caused by parasites called leishmaniasis. Capers are also used as a tonic.

Some people apply capers directly to the skin for dry skin and other skin disorders and for improving blood flow near the skin's surface.

Capers are also eaten as a food and used as a flavoring.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Diabetes.
  • Fungal infections.
  • Chest congestion.
  • Intestinal worms.
  • A skin disease caused by parasites (leishmaniasis).
  • Skin disorders, when applied directly.
  • Improving blood flow near the skin's surface, when applied directly.
  • Dry skin, when applied directly.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of capers 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 Capers work?

Capers contain chemicals that might help control blood sugar. Capers might also have antioxidant activity.

Are there safety concerns?

Capers are LIKELY SAFE for most people when eaten as a food. There isn't enough information available to know if capers are safe in medicinal doses. Capers can cause skin rash and irritation.

Capers can cause skin rash and irritation.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Capers are LIKELY SAFE when eaten as food, but there's not enough information to know if they are safe in the larger amounts that are used as medicine. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, stick with food amounts until more is known.

Diabetes: There is some concern that capers might alter blood sugar control in people with diabetes. Monitor you blood sugar closely if you have diabetes and use capers.

Surgery: Capers might affect blood sugar levels. There is some concern that capers might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop using capers 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.

Capers might decrease blood sugar. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking capers along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.

Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (Diabeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.

Dosing considerations for Capers.

The appropriate dose of capers for use as treatment 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 capers. 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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