Sceletium

18/Description

About

Sceletium is a plant from South Africa. It has a long history of use as a traditional medicine by tribes of South Africa. It has been used to enhance mood, cause relaxation, and euphoria. Traditionally, the roots and leaves were fermented and then chewed. It has also been used as snuff, smoked, or made into a tea or tincture.

How it works

Sceletium contains chemicals that are thought to work in the brain to cause sedation or sleepiness. However, there is very little reliable scientific information about how sceletium might work when taken by people.

Effectiveness

Not Proven
Alcohol withdrawal
Anxiety
Colic
Decreasing appetite
Depression
Pain
Relaxation
Other conditions

Concerns

There is not enough information available to know if sceletium is safe.Some people who have used it report side effects including headaches, loss of appetite, and depression. There have also been reports of intoxication in people who use too much or who chew it shortly after fermentation.

18/Warnings

Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the safety of using sceletium duringpregnancyor whilebreast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid using.Are there any interactions with medications?

Interactions

Always consult with your doctor.
Moderate
Sedative medications (CNS depressants)

Sceletium might cause sleepiness and drowsiness. Medications that cause sleepiness are called sedatives. Taking sceletium along with sedative medications might cause too much sleepiness.Some sedative medications include clonazepam (Klonopin), lorazepam (Ativan), phenobarbital (Donnatal), zolpidem (Ambien), 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.