Pumpkin

18/Description

About

Pumpkin is a plant. The seed and its oil are used to make medicine.

Pumpkin is used for treating bladder irritation, kidney infections, intestinal worms, and trouble urinating due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

Pumpkin is sometimes used in combination with herbs to treat symptoms of BPH.

The roasted pumpkin seeds are considered a snack food.

How it works

The chemicals in the pumpkin seed cause an increase in urination (diuretic effect), which helps relieve bladder discomfort. Pumpkin seed also contains a chemical that might kill intestinal worms.

Effectiveness

Possibly Effective
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)

Taking pumpkin seed oil extract by mouth alone, or with saw palmetto, may help BPH symptoms.

Concerns

Possibly safe

Pumpkin is safe in food amounts and considered POSSIBLY SAFE in medicinal amounts for most people. It may cause ejaculation problems in some men.

18/Warnings

Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of pumpkin in medicinal amounts duringpregnancyandbreast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick with usual food amounts.Are there any interactions with medications?

Interactions

Always consult with your doctor.
Moderate
Lithium

Pumpkin might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking pumpkin 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.

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