Rehmannia

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About

Rehmannia is a plant. The root and parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine. Rehmannia is commonly found in herbal combinations used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Japanese Medicine.

Rehmannia is used for diabetes, “tired blood” (anemia), fever, weakened bones (osteoporosis), and allergies; and as a general tonic.

How it works

There is not enough information to know how rehmannia might work for any medical condition. However, some chemicals in rehmannia seem to affect the immune system and might reduce pain and swelling. Some chemicals in rehmannia also seem to lower blood sugar levels.

Effectiveness

Not Proven
Anemia caused by bone marrow failure (aplastic anemia)

Early research suggests that taking rehmannia along with the steroidal drug stanozolol might help improve symptoms of aplastic anemia better than stanozolol alone.

Chronic lung disease (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD)

Early research suggests that taking a Chinese herbal decoction containing rehmannia root and angelica (tongfei mixture) by mouth along with oxygen treatment might improve oxygen levels during the night better than oxygen treatment alone in people with COPD and low oxygen levels.

Diabetes
Fever
“Weakened bones” (osteoporosis)
Allergies
As a general tonic
Other conditions

Concerns

There is not enough information available to know if rehmannia 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 rehmannia if you arepregnantorbreast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.Are there any interactions with medications?

Diabetes: Since rehmannia might affect blood sugar levels, people with diabetes should avoid or be very cautious about taking rehmannia. If you have diabetes and take rehmannia, monitor your blood sugar carefully.

Surgery: Because rehmannia might affect blood glucose levels, it might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop using rehmannia at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

Interactions

Always consult with your doctor.
Moderate
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs)

Rehmannia might decrease blood sugar. There is concern that taking rehmannia with other medications for diabetes might cause blood sugar to decrease too much. 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 PresTabs, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), 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.