Spiny Restharrow

What other names is Spiny Restharrow known by?

Arrête-Bœuf, Asnillo, Balomaga, Bougraine, Bougrande, Bougratte, Bugrane, Bugrane Commune, Bugrane Épineuse, Cammock, Detiene Bueyes, Espinilla, Gatilla, Gatuna, Gatuña, Ground Furze, Hauhechelwurzel, Herbe aux Ânes, Hierba Toro, Land Whin, Ononidis Radix, Ononis spinosa, Peine de Asno, Petty Whin, Quiebra Arados, Restharrow, Stay Plough, Stinking Tommy, Wild Liquorice.

What is Spiny Restharrow?

Spiny restharrow is an herb. The root and oil are used to make medicine.

People take spiny restharrow for urinary tract problems including kidney and bladder stones, kidney gravel, urinary tract infections, and inflammatory disease of the lower urinary tract. They also take it for gout, as well as joint and muscle pain (rheumatism).

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More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of spiny restharrow for these uses.

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How does Spiny Restharrow work?

It is not known how spiny restharrow might work.

Are there safety concerns?

Spiny restharrow might be safe. No harmful side effects have been reported so far.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of spiny restharrow during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Water retention (edema): Don't use spiny restharrow if your body is retaining fluid due to kidney disease or heart disease.

Are there any interactions with medications?



Lithium
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.

Spiny restharrow might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking spiny restharrow 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.

Dosing considerations for Spiny Restharrow.

The appropriate dose of spiny restharrow 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 spiny restharrow. 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.

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