- What other names is Chinese Cucumber known by?
- What is Chinese Cucumber?
- How does Chinese Cucumber work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Chinese Cucumber.
Chinese cucumber ROOT is taken by mouth for HIV/AIDS, cough, fever, swelling, tumors, and diabetes. Chinese cucumber root is sometimes given as a shot to cause an abortion. A starch extract of the root is used for treating pockets of infection (abscesses), absence of menstruation, yellowing of the skin caused by bile pigments in the blood (jaundice), liver disease (hepatitis), frequent urination, and tumors.
Chinese cucumber FRUIT and SEED are taken by mouth for cough, fever, swelling, tumors, and diabetes.
Chinese cucumber FRUIT is also applied to the vagina to cause an abortion.
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- HIV infection.
- Causing an abortion, when the root is given as a shot or the fruit is applied to the vagina.
- Other conditions.
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allergic reactions, seizures, fever, fluid buildup in the lungs and brain, bleeding in the brain, heart damage, and death.
Chinese cucumber FRUIT and SEED seem to be safe for most people. They can cause some mild side effects such as diarrhea and upset stomach.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It is UNSAFE to take Chinese cucumber root, fruit or seed by mouth or Chinese cucumber root by injection. Chinese cucumber ROOT can be toxic. Chinese cucumber FRUIT and SEEDS might cause an abortion or birth defects.
Not enough is known about the safety of using Chinese cucumber root, fruit, or seed during breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Diabetes: Chinese cucumber might lower blood sugar levels. Some healthcare providers worry that it might make blood sugar levels drop too low if used along with diabetes medications. If you use Chinese cucumber and take diabetes medications, monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.
Surgery: Chinese cucumber might lower blood sugar levels. There is some concern that it might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop using Chinese cucumber at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs)
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.
Chinese cucumber root might decrease blood sugar. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking Chinese cucumber root 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.
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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011