Zedoary

18/Description

About

Zedoary is a plant. The underground stem (rhizome) is used to make medicine.

Traditional methods for preparing zedoary involve washing it with lots of water to remove most of the protein and water-soluble nutrients. The rinsing is also supposed to remove a poison that is yet to be identified.

Zedoary is used for colic, spasms, loss of appetite, and indigestion. Some people also use it for anxiety, stress, fatigue, and pain and swelling (inflammation).

Zedoary is sometimes applied directly to the skin to keep mosquitoes away.

How it works

There is not enough scientific information available to know how zedoary might work for medical conditions. Zedoary has not been studied in people. It has only been studied in animals or in test tubes. Some of this research suggests that zedoary can act like an antibiotic. It also might repel mosquitoes.

Effectiveness

Not Proven
Colic
Spasms
Improving appetite and digestion
Inflammation
Anxiety and stress
Fatigue
Use as a mosquito repellent
Other conditions

Concerns

There isn't enough information to known whether zedoary is safe. So far, no harmful side effects have been reported.

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Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It isUNSAFEto take zedoary if you arepregnant. There is concern that it might cause amiscarriage.Dosing considerations for Zedoary.

It's also best to avoid zedoary if you are breast-feeding, since there isn't enough scientific information to know how it might affect a nursing infant.

Heavy menstrual periods (menorrhagia): Some experts suggest that zedoary should not be used by women who have heavy menstrual periods.

Interactions

No information available.

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.