Angélique du Japon, Aralia elata, Aralia mandshurica, Aralie Japonaise, Espino de Manchuria, Manchurian Angelica Tree, Mandschurische Aralie.
Manchurian thorn is a tree. The bark and roots are used to make medicine.
How does it work?
There isn't enough information to know how Manchurian thorn might work as a medicine when taken alone. But a combination product containing Manchurian thorn and Engelhardia chrysolepsis might improve weight loss by increasing levels of an enzyme that helps burn fat.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Weight loss. Early research shows that taking a specific product (Aralox) containing Manchurian thorn 150 mg and Engelhardia chrysolepsis 150 mg three times daily for 15 weeks reduces body weight and fat weight in obese women.
- To improve the immune system.
- 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).
It isn't known if Manchurian thorn is safe. There is concern that Manchurian thorn might cause liver damage when used at high doses.
Diabetes: Manchurian thorn might lower blood sugar. People with diabetes should monitor their blood sugar levels closely. If you have diabetes, it's best to check with your healthcare provider before starting Manchurian thorn.
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs)Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.Talk with your health provider.
Manchurian thorn might lower blood sugar. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking Manchurian thorn 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.
Medications that can harm the liver (Hepatotoxic drugs)Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.Talk with your health provider.
Manchurian thorn might harm the liver. Taking Manchurian thorn along with medication that might also harm the liver can increase the risk of liver damage. Do not take Manchurian thorn if you are taking a medication that can harm the liver. Some medications that can harm the liver include acetaminophen (Tylenol and others), amiodarone (Cordarone), carbamazepine (Tegretol), isoniazid (INH), methotrexate (Rheumatrex), methyldopa (Aldomet), fluconazole (Diflucan), itraconazole (Sporanox), erythromycin (Erythrocin, Ilosone, others), phenytoin (Dilantin), lovastatin (Mevacor), pravastatin (Pravachol), simvastatin (Zocor), and many others.
The appropriate dose of Manchurian thorn 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 Manchurian thorn. 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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