The caper is a plant. The unopened flower bud and other parts that grow above the ground are used for medicine.
People use capers for diabetes, fungal infections, chest congestion, worms in the intestines, and a skin disease caused by parasites called leishmaniasis. Capers are also used as a tonic.
Some people apply capers directly to the skin for dry skin and other skin disorders and for improving blood flow near the skin's surface.
Capers are also eaten as a food and used as a flavoring.
How it works
Capers contain chemicals that might help control blood sugar. Capers might also have antioxidant activity.
Not ProvenDiabetesFungal infectionsChest congestionIntestinal wormsA skin disease caused by parasites (leishmaniasis)Skin disorders, when applied directlyImproving blood flow near the skin's surface, when applied directlyDry skin, when applied directlyOther conditions
Capers are LIKELY SAFE for most people when eaten as a food. There isn't enough information available to know if capers are safe in medicinal doses. Capers can cause skin rash and irritation.Capers can cause skin rash and irritation.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Capers areLIKELY SAFEwhen eaten as food, but there's not enough information to know if they are safe in the larger amounts that are used as medicine. If you arepregnantorbreast-feeding, stick with food amounts until more is known.Are there any interactions with medications?
Diabetes: There is some concern that capers might alter blood sugar control in people with diabetes. Monitor you blood sugar closely if you have diabetes and use capers.
Surgery: Capers might affect blood sugar levels. There is some concern that capers might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop using capers at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
ModerateMedications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs)
Capers might decrease blood sugar. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking capers along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (Diabeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.