- What other names is Yucca known by?
- What is Yucca?
- How does Yucca work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Yucca.
Yucca is used for osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, migraine headaches, inflammation of the intestine (colitis), high cholesterol, stomach disorders, diabetes, poor circulation, and liver and gallbladder disorders.
Some people apply yucca directly to the skin for sores, skin diseases, bleeding, sprains, joint pain, baldness, and dandruff.
In manufacturing, yucca extract is used as a foaming and flavoring agent in carbonated beverages. Many compounds from yucca have been used in the manufacture of new drugs.
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- Arthritis. Early research suggests that a yucca extract might reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis such as pain, swelling, and stiffness.
- High blood pressure. Taking yucca by mouth in combination with proper diet and exercise might help lower blood pressure.
- High cholesterol and high triglycerides. Taking yucca by mouth in combination with a low-fat diet and exercise seems to help lower blood fats, including cholesterol and triglycerides. Also, taking yucca extract along with quillaia extract by mouth for 4 weeks seems to decrease cholesterol in people with high cholesterol.
- Digestive disorders.
- Poor blood circulation.
- Skin problems.
- 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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nausea, and vomiting.
Not enough is known about the safety of taking yucca by mouth long-term or applying it to the skin.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking yucca if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
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