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- What is Cnidium?
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- Dosing considerations for Cnidium.
Cnidium has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for thousands of years, often for skin conditions. It's not surprising that cnidium is a common ingredient in Chinese lotions, creams, and ointments.
People take cnidium by mouth for increasing sexual performance and sex drive, and for treating erectile dysfunction (ED). Cnidium is also used for difficulty having children (infertility), bodybuilding, cancer, weak bones (osteoporosis), and fungal and bacterial infections. Some people also take it to increase energy.
Cnidium is applied directly to the skin for itchiness, rashes, eczema, and ringworm.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Increasing sexual performance and sex drive.
- Erectile dysfunction (ED).
- Difficulty having children (infertility).
- Weakened bones (osteoporosis).
- Increasing energy.
- Skin conditions including itchy skin, rashes, eczema, and ringworm, when applied to the skin.
- Other conditions.
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Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of cnidium during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
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