Mangosteen

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About

Mangosteen is a tropical fruit. The fruit, fruit juice, rind, twig, and bark are used as medicine.

Mangosteen is used for many conditions, but so far, there isn't enough scientific evidence to determine whether or not it is effective for any of them.

Mangosteen is used for diarrhea, urinary tract infections (UTIs), gonorrhea, thrush, tuberculosis, menstrual disorders, cancer, osteoarthritis, and an intestinal infection called dysentery. It is also used for stimulating the immune system and improving mental health.

Some people apply mangosteen to the skin for eczema and other skin conditions.

Mangosteen is often eaten as a dessert fruit or made into jams. History reports that it was Queen Victoria's favorite fruit.

These days, mangosteen juice is becoming a popular “health drink.” It is usually sold under the name “xango juice.” Some marketers claim that xango juice can treat diarrhea, menstrual problems, urinary tract infections, tuberculosis, and a variety of other conditions. However, there is no reliable scientific evidence to support these claims.

How it works

The fruit rind contains tannins. These might help for diarrhea. But there is no scientific information about whether mangosteen works for any medical condition.

Effectiveness

Not Proven
Dysentery
Diarrhea
Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
Gonorrhea
Thrush
Tuberculosis
Eczema
Menstrual disorders
Other conditions

Concerns

There is not enough reliable information to know if mangosteen products are safe for use as medicines.

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Warnings

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

Bleeding disorders: Mangosteen might slow blood clotting. Taking mangosteen might increase the risk of bleeding in people with bleeding disorders.

Surgery: Mangosteen might slow blood clotting. Taking mangosteen might increase the risk of bleeding during or after surgery. Stop taking mangosteen 2 weeks before surgery.

Interactions

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

Mangosteen might slow blood clotting and increase bleeding time. Taking mangosteen 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), dalteparin (Fragmin), dipyridamole (Persantine), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, ticlopidine (Ticlid), warfarin (Coumadin), and others.

The information provided on this page is for reference purposes and is not meant to be used as a medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with a medical professional.