Bayberry

18/Description

About

Bayberry is a shrub that grows in Texas and the eastern US. The root bark and berries are used to make medicine.

Despite safety concerns, some people take bayberry for head colds, painful and swollen intestines (colitis), diarrhea, and nausea. In large amounts, bayberry is used to cause vomiting.

Some people also use it to stimulate the circulatory system.

Bayberry is sometimes used as a gargle for sore throat, as a douche for vaginal discharge, and as an ointment for skin ulcers and wounds.

In manufacturing, the wax extract taken from the berries is used in fragrances and candles.

How it works

Bayberry contains chemicals called tannins. These tannins have a drying effect on the skin.

Effectiveness

Not Proven
Colds
Diarrhea
Nausea
Sore throat, when used as a gargle
Vaginal discharge, when used as a douche
Skin ulcers and wounds, when applied to the skin
Other conditions

Concerns

Possibly unsafe

Bayberry is considered POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth. Bayberry can cause nausea, vomiting, and liver damage. It also contains a cancer-causing chemical.There isn't enough information to know whether it is safe to apply bayberry to the skin or use as a gargle or douche.

18/Warnings

Warnings

Dosing considerations for Bayberry.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Bayberry is considered POSSIBLY UNSAFE to take by mouth or apply to the skin if you are pregnant or breast-feeding because it contains a chemical that can cause cancer. Bayberry can cause nausea, vomiting, and liver damage.

High blood pressure: Bayberry contains large amounts of chemicals called tannins. Tannins can increase the amount of sodium that the body retains. This can cause extra fluids to build up, and that can raise blood pressure. It's especially important to avoid bayberry if you have high blood pressure.

Water retention (edema): Bayberry might make edema worse. It's especially important to avoid bayberry if you tend to retain water.

Interactions

No information available.

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