Agave

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About

Agave is a plant found in parts of the US, as well as Mexico, Central and South America, the Mediterranean, and some parts of India. The roots, sap, and juice of agave are used to make medicine.

Agave has been taken by mouth for constipation, indigestion, flatulence, jaundice, cancer, and diarrhea; to promote labor; and to promote urine production. Also, pulque, a beverage prepared from agave, has been taken by mouth by breast-feeding women to increase milk production. Agave has also been applied to the skin to treat bruises and to promote hair growth.

How it works

Some chemicals in agave can reduce swelling (inflammation), cause the uterus to contract, or prevent the growth of some cancer cells.

Effectiveness

Not Proven
Indigestion
Gas (flatulence)
Constipation
Bloody diarrhea (dysentery)
Skin yellowing due to too much bilirubin in the blood (jaundice)
Cancer
Promoting labor
Increasing milk supply
Bruises
Hair loss
Other conditions

Concerns

Possibly unsafe

The agave plant is POSSIBLY UNSAFE for most adults when applied to the skin. Exposure to the fresh agave plant may cause swelling and redness, skin sores, and swelling of small blood vessels (veins) within minutes to hours of exposure. The sap appears to be the most irritating part of the plant.Not enough is known about the safety of agave when taken by mouth.

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Warnings

Pregnancy or breast-feeding: Taking agave by mouth duringpregnancyisLIKELY UNSAFE. There is some evidence that agave might stimulate the uterus and cause contractions. Also, pulque, an agave beverage, is unsafe to use during pregnancy because it containsalcohol. Drinking pulque during pregnancy has been linked with smallerinfantsize and reduced mental performance during the first 6 months of life.Dosing considerations for Agave.

Agave is POSSIBLY UNSAFE to use while breast-feeding. Drinking pulque while breast-feeding has been linked with slower weight gain and reduced growth by 5 years of age.

Interactions

No information available.

The information provided on this page is for reference purposes and is not meant to be used as a medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with a medical professional.