- What other names is Yin Chen known by?
- What is Yin Chen?
- How does Yin Chen work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Yin Chen.
Yin chen is used to treat liver disease (hepatitis), gallstones, and high cholesterol. It is also used to stimulate the flow of bile from the gallbladder.
Yin chen is used for brain damage in newborns (kernicterus) caused by bile pigments in the blood (jaundice), fever and chills, bitter taste in the mouth, chest tightness, flank pain, dizziness, nausea, and loss of appetite. In addition, it is used for headache, constipation, painful urination, itching, tumors, mucus in the nose and throat, joint pain (rheumatism), painful menstrual periods, malaria, and muscle spasms.
In Chinese and Japanese herbal combinations, yin chen is used for jaundice with fever, painful urination, constipation, and stomach bloating.
Yin chen is contained in inchin-ko-to, a Kampo (Chinese/Japanese) medicine used to treat hepatitis C.
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- Yellowing of the skin due to bile pigment (jaundice).
- High cholesterol levels.
- Hepatitis C infections.
- Fever and chills.
- Bitter taste in the mouth.
- Chest tightness.
- Flank pain.
- Loss of appetite.
- Painful urination.
- Joint pain.
- Painful menstrual periods.
- Increasing bile flow from the gallbladder.
- 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).
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liver or gallstone problems without medical advice.
Yin chen can cause nausea, bloating, dizziness, and heart problems.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's UNSAFE to use yin chen if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Don't use it.
Children: Yin chen might be UNSAFE for children. Children under the age of 12 years should not use it except under the care of a physician.
Allergy to ragweed and related plants: Yin chen may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking yin chen.
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
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Yin chen might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking yin chen 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.
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