Swallowroot

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What other names is Swallowroot known by?

Decalepis hamiltonii, Makali Beru, Nannari.

What is Swallowroot?

Swallowroot is a plant. The root is used to make medicine.

People take swallowroot as a "blood purifier" and appetite stimulant.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Stimulating appetite.
  • "Purifying" the blood.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of swallowroot for these uses.

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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How does Swallowroot work?

Early research suggests swallowroot might act like an antioxidant and might also be able to fight bacteria.

Are there safety concerns?

There isn't enough information to know if swallowroot is safe or what the possible side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

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

Surgery: Since swallowroot might slow blood clotting, there is a concern that it might increase the chance of extra bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using swallowroot at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

Are there any interactions with medications?



Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs)
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.

Swallowroot might slow blood clotting. Taking swallowroot along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.

Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, others), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, warfarin (Coumadin), and others.

Dosing considerations for Swallowroot.

The appropriate dose of swallowroot 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 swallowroot. 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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Reviewed on 3/29/2011 12:35:40 PM

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