- What other names is Pumpkin known by?
- What is Pumpkin?
- How does Pumpkin work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Pumpkin.
Pumpkin is used for treating bladder irritation, kidney infections, intestinal worms, and trouble urinating due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
Pumpkin is sometimes used in combination with herbs to treat symptoms of BPH.
The roasted pumpkin seeds are considered a snack food.
Possibly Effective for...
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Taking pumpkin seed oil extract by mouth alone, or with saw palmetto, may help BPH symptoms.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Intestinal worms.
- Bladder irritation.
- Kidney infections.
- Other conditions.
Quick GuideEnlarged Prostate (BPH) Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of pumpkin in medicinal amounts during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick with usual food amounts.
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.
Pumpkin might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking pumpkin 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.
- For benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH): 480 mg of pumpkin seed oil extract per day in 3 divided doses in combination with saw palmetto and other herbs.
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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