Glossy privet is a plant. The ripe fruit is used to make medicine. Be careful not to confuse glossy privet (Ligustrum lucidum) with other species of privet such as Japanese privet, border privet, Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense), common privet, golden privet, and others.
Glossy privet is used for promoting growth and darkening of hair, reducing facial dark spots, rapid heartbeat (palpitations), achy joints (rheumatism), swelling, tumors, dizziness (vertigo), common cold, congestion, constipation, deafness, fever, headache, liver disease (hepatitis), trouble sleeping (insomnia), chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), promoting youthfulness, and extending lifespan. It is also used to induce sweating, as a tonic, for improving immune function, and for reducing the side effects of cancer treatment (chemotherapy). Glossy privet is also used for blurred vision, dizziness, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), and sore back and knees.
How it works
It is not well understood how glossy privet might work. There is some evidence that it may stimulate the immune system and help fight cancer.
Not ProvenPromoting growth and darkening of hairReducing dark spots on the faceIrregular or rapid heartbeat (palpitations)Achy joints (rheumatism)SwellingTumorsDizziness (vertigo)Common coldCongestionConstipationFeverHeadacheChronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)Liver problemsTrouble sleeping (insomnia)Improving the body’s defenses (immune function)Reducing the side effects of cancer treatmentOther conditions
Glossy privet might be safe for most adults when used appropriately. Some people may have allergic reactions such as a runny nose and asthma.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of glossy privet duringpregnancyandbreast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.Are there any interactions with medications?
Allergy to the pollen of olive and related plants: Glossy privet may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Oleaceae family of plants. Members of this family include common privet (Ligustrum vulgare), olive, ash, and lilac. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking glossy privet.
Glossy privet might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking glossy privet might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.