Broiled stems: 100-500 g/ div TID
Opuntia streptacantha species only
Extract: 1600 international units PO taken 5 hours prior to alcohol ingestion
Dried, powdered flower: 500 mg PO TID
Alcohol hangover, male urinary discomfort & BPH, type 2 diabetes
May contain hypoglycemic polysaccharides
Study provides evidence of reducing hangover symptoms [Wiese et al., Arch Internal Med., 164:1334-40 (2004)]
Studies support some hypoglycemic effect in Type 2 diabetes patients
Insufficient evidence to support use for BPH. More studies needed
Serious - Use Alternative
Significant - Monitor Closely
Frequency Not Defined
May not work effectively with high-fiber foods
Pregnancy, any medical condition
Pregnancy & Lactation
Pregnancy Category: NA
A:Generally acceptable. Controlled studies in pregnant women show no evidence of fetal risk.
B:May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk but human studies not available or animal studies showed minor risks and human studies done and showed no risk.
C:Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies not available or neither animal nor human studies done.
D:Use in LIFE-THREATENING emergencies when no safer drug available. Positive evidence of human fetal risk.
X:Do not use in pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.
NA:Information not available.
Mechanism of Action
Apparently in part through anti-inflammatory mechanisms