- What other names is Cha De Bugre known by?
- What is Cha De Bugre?
- How does Cha De Bugre work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Cha De Bugre.
Cha de Bugre is a popular weight loss aid in Brazil and is a common ingredient in "Brazilian diet pills" that are also becoming popular in North America. Some of these "Brazilian diet pills" are also thought to contain prescription amphetamines and tranquilizers.
Cha de Bugre is also used to treat cellulite, cough, fluid retention (edema), gout, cancer, herpes, viral infections, fever, and diseases of the heart and blood vessels. It is also used as a general tonic to improve blood circulation and heart function.
Some people apply Cha de Bugre directly to the skin for wound healing.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Weight loss and obesity.
- Reducing cellulite.
- Fluid retention (edema).
- Viral infections.
- Heart disease.
- Wound healing.
- Other conditions.
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Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of Cha de Bugre during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.
Cha de Bugre might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking Cha de Bugre might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.
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