Opuntia Ficus Indica (Herbs/Suppl)

Brand and Other Names:Barbary pear, cactus pear, more...Indian fig, Indian pear, nopal, prickly pear
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Suggested Dosing

Diabetes

Broiled stems: 100-500 g/ div TID

Opuntia streptacantha species only

Alcohol-Induced Hangover

Extract: 1600 international units PO taken 5 hours prior to alcohol ingestion

BPH

Dried, powdered flower: 500 mg PO TID

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Suggested Uses

Alcohol hangover, male urinary discomfort & BPH, type 2 diabetes

May contain hypoglycemic polysaccharides

Efficacy

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

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            Adverse Effects

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            None significant

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            Warnings

            Contraindications

            Pregnancy (roots)

            Cautions

            May not work effectively with high-fiber foods

            Pregnancy, any medical condition

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            Pregnancy & Lactation

            Pregnancy Category: NA

            Lactation: unknown

            Pregnancy Categories

            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.

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            Pharmacology

            Metabolism: N/A

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            Mechanism of Action

            Apparently in part through anti-inflammatory mechanisms

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