Cluster Malva, Malva, Malva verticillata, Mauve Chinoise, Mauve Crépue, Mauve Frisée.
Chinese mallow is an herb. The seed is used to make medicine.
People use Chinese mallow as a laxative to relieve constipation and as a diuretic to relieve water retention by increasing urine production. Chinese mallow is also used for kidney disorders and to start the flow of breast milk.
How does it work?
Chinese mallow might lower blood sugar and affect immune system function, according to developing research.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Treating kidney disorders.
- Treating constipation.
- Increasing urine production.
- Starting the flow of breast milk.
- 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).
Diabetes: Chinese mallow might lower blood sugar. Taking Chinese mallow extract along with diabetes medications used to lower blood sugar 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.
Surgery: Chinese mallow might affect blood sugar levels. There is some concern that it might make blood sugar control difficult during and after surgery. Stop taking Chinese mallow 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 mallow extract might decrease blood sugar. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking Chinese mallow extract 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.
The appropriate dose of Chinese mallow 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 Chinese mallow. 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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