Durian is the fruit of a certain tree. The term durian can also be used to refer to the tree itself. The fruit, bark, and leaves of the durian tree are used as medicine.
People take durian by mouth for fever, swelling, high blood pressure, jaundice, malaria, parasites, and to increase sexual desire.
Durian is applied to the skin to treat skin diseases and reduce swelling.
How it works
Durian might benefit the heart and blood circulation. It might lower levels of cholesterol. It might also lower levels of a blood protein that helps form clots.
Not ProvenFeverHigh blood pressureJaundiceMalariaSexual desireSkin woundsOther conditions
It is not known if durian is safe. Eating durian fruit might cause stomach discomfort, gas, diarrhea, vomiting, or allergic reactions in some people. Eating durian seeds might cause shortness of breath.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of durian duringpregnancyandbreast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.Are there any interactions with medications?
Diabetes: There is concern that durian might make diabetes worse. Eating durian seems to increase blood sugar levels more than other fruits such as bananas or mangos.
The body breaks down the alcohol to get rid of it. Durian might decrease how fast the body breaks down alcohol. Drinking alcohol and taking durian might cause adverse effects such as a pounding headache, vomiting, flushing, and other unpleasant reactions. Don't drink any alcohol if you are taking durian.Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs)
Durian might increase blood sugar. Diabetes medications are used to lower blood sugar. Taking durian along with diabetes medications might interfere with the effects of diabetes medications. 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.Before taking durian, talk with your healthcare professional if you take these or any other medications.