Cotton

18/Description

About

Cotton is a plant. People use the bark of the root to make medicine. Don't confuse cotton with cottonseed extract (gossypol).

Cotton is used for nausea, fever, headache, diarrhea, dysentery, nerve pain, and bleeding.

Women use cotton for menstrual disorders and symptoms of menopause. They also use it to bring on labor and childbirth, as well as to expel the afterbirth. Some women use cotton to improve breast milk production.

Despite safety concerns, men sometimes use cotton for birth control. Cotton is also included in some birth control products that are applied vaginally.

How it works

Cotton root bark might help stimulate menstrual flow, induce labor and delivery, and act as a male contraceptive.

Effectiveness

Not Proven
Malaria

Early research suggests that taking a specific preparation (AM-1) containing cotton, Barbados nut, angular winter cherry, and Royal Poinciana by mouth for up to 7 days helps eliminate malaria parasites in people with malaria.

Menstrual disorders
Menopausal symptoms
Nausea
Fever
Headache
Diarrhea
Bringing on labor and childbirth
Male birth control
Other conditions

Concerns

Possibly safe

Cotton is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth as a medicine or when cotton root bark preparations are taken in amounts found in foods.However, men using cotton for birth control should understand that it might cause irreversible sterility.

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Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It'sLIKELY UNSAFEto use cotton if you arepregnant. It might cause theuterusto contract, and this might cause amiscarriage.Dosing considerations for Cotton.

Not enough is known about the safety of using cotton during breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Kidney problems: Don't use cotton if you have a kidney condition.

Reproductive system condition: Don't use cotton if you have a problem with your reproductive system.

Interactions

No information available.

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