Hu Zhang

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About

Hu zhang is the Chinese name given to a plant with the scientific name of Polygonum cuspidatum. North American varieties are often referred to as “Mexican bamboo.” The root is used as medicine.

Hu zhang is used for conditions of the heart and blood vessels including “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), high cholesterol, and heart disease; and for digestion problems including constipation, liver disease (hepatitis), and gallstones. It is also used for cancer, skin burns, pain and swelling of the bone (osteomyelitis) and gout.

Women sometimes use hu zhang for painful menstrual periods and menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes.

How it works

There is not enough known about how hu zhang might work. Some chemicals in hu zhang might decrease how fast some cells grow.

Effectiveness

Not Proven
Constipation
Menstrual problems
Hot flashes
Heart disease
High cholesterol
Cancer
Skin burns
Liver disease
Gout
Gallstones
Other conditions

Concerns

There is not enough information available to know if hu zhang is safe to take for medical conditions.

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Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking hu zhang if you arepregnantorbreast feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.Are there any interactions with medications?

Bleeding disorders: Hu zhang contains resveratrol. Resveratrol is a chemical that might slow blood clotting. Taking hu zhang might slow clotting and increase the chances of bruising and bleeding in people with bleeding disorders.

Hormone-sensitive conditions such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids: There is some developing evidence that hu zhang might act like estrogen. If you have any condition that might be made worse by exposure to estrogen, don't use hu zhang until more is known.

Surgery: Hu zhang contains resveratrol. Resveratrol is a chemical that might slow blood clotting. Hu zhang might increase the risk of bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using hu zhang at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

Interactions

Always consult with your doctor.
Moderate
Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs)

Hu zhang seems to have some of the same effects as estrogen. Taking hu zhang along with estrogens might decrease the effects of estrogens.Some estrogen pills include conjugated equine estrogens (Premarin), ethinyl estradiol, estradiol, and others.Some medications are changed and broken down by the liver. Hu zhang contains the constituent resveratrol. Resveratrol might decrease how quickly the liver breaks down some medications. Taking hu zhang along with some medications that are broken down by the liver might increase the effects and side effects of some medications. Before taking hu zhang talk to your healthcare provider if you take any medications that are changed by the liver.Some medications changed by the liver include chlorzoxazone, theophylline, and bufuralol.Some medications are changed and broken down by the liver. Hu zhang contains resveratrol, and resveratrol might decrease how quickly the liver breaks down some medications. Taking hu zhang along with some medications that are broken down by the liver might increase the effects and side effects of some medications. Before taking hu zhang talk to your healthcare provider if you take any medications that are changed by the liver.Some of these medications that are changed by the liver include clozapine (Clozaril), cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril), fluvoxamine (Luvox), haloperidol (Haldol), imipramine (Tofranil), mexiletine (Mexitil), olanzapine (Zyprexa), pentazocine (Talwin), propranolol (Inderal), tacrine (Cognex), zileuton (Zyflo), zolmitriptan (Zomig), and others.Some medications are changed and broken down by the liver. Hu zhang contains resveratrol, and resveratrol might decrease how quickly the liver breaks down some medications. Taking hu zhang along with some medications that are broken down by the liver might increase the effects and side effects of some medications. Before taking hu zhang talk to your healthcare provider if you take any medications that are changed by the liver.Some medications that are changed by the liver include theophylline, omeprazole, clozapine, progesterone, lansoprazole, flutamide, oxaliplatin, erlotinib, and caffeine.Some medications are changed and broken down by the liver. Hu zhang contains resveratrol, and resveratrol might decrease how quickly the liver breaks down some medications. Taking hu zhang along with some medications that are broken down by the liver might increase the effects and side effects of some medications. Before taking hu zhang talk to your healthcare provider if you take any medications that are changed by the liver.Some medications that are changed by the liver include omeprazole (Prilosec), lansoprazole (Prevacid), and pantoprazole (Protonix); diazepam (Valium); carisoprodol (Soma); nelfinavir (Viracept); and others.Some medications are changed and broken down by the liver. Hu zhang contains resveratrol, and resveratrol might decrease how quickly the liver breaks down some medications. Taking hu zhang along with some medications that are broken down by the liver might increase the effects and side effects of some medications. Before taking hu zhang talk to your healthcare provider if you take any medications that are changed by the liver.Some medications that are changed by the liver include acetaminophen, chlorzoxazone (Parafon Forte), ethanol, theophylline, and anesthetics such as enflurane (Ethrane), halothane (Fluothane), isoflurane (Forane), methoxyflurane (Penthrane).Some medications are changed and broken down by the liver. Hu zhang contains resveratrol, and resveratrol might decrease how quickly the liver breaks down some medications. Taking hu zhang along with some medications that are broken down by the liver might increase the effects and side effects of some medications. Before taking hu zhang, talk to your healthcare provider if you are taking any medications that are changed by the liver.Some medications changed by the liver include lovastatin (Mevacor), ketoconazole (Nizoral), itraconazole (Sporanox), fexofenadine (Allegra), triazolam (Halcion), and many others.Hu zhang contains resveratrol. Resveratrol is a chemical that might slow blood clotting. Taking hu zhang along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, others), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, warfarin (Coumadin), and others.

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