Zizyphus

18/Description

About

Zizyphus is a shrub or small tree. The fruit is used to make medicine.

Zizyphus is used for improving muscular strength and weight, for preventing liver diseases and stress ulcers, and as a sedative. Jujube is also used for various skin conditions including dry and itchy skin, purpura, wounds, and ulcers; digestive problems including lack of appetite and diarrhea; and circulatory problems including high blood pressure and anemia. Other uses are for fatigue, hysteria, fever, inflammation, asthma, and eye diseases.

In foods, zizyphus is used in a variety of recipes.

In manufacturing, zizyphus extracts are used in skin care products to reduce redness and swelling, wrinkles and dryness; and for relief from sunburn.

How it works

Zizyphus might help protect the body against certain types of liver damage. It might also help increase body weight.

Effectiveness

Not Proven
Liver disease
Muscular conditions
Ulcer
Dry skin
Wounds
Diarrhea
Fatigue
Other conditions

Concerns

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

Diabetes: Zizyphus might lower blood sugar. Watch for signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and monitor your blood sugar carefully, if you have diabetes and use zizyphus in amounts larger than the amounts normally found in food.

Surgery: Zizyphus might lower blood sugar and might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Zizyphus might also slow down the central nervous system. Anesthesia and other medications used during surgery also affect the central nervous system. The combined effects might be harmful. Stop taking zizyphus at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

Interactions

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

Zizyphus might decrease blood sugar. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking zizyphus along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. 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 PresTab, Micronase), insulin, metformin (Glucophage), pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.Zizyphus might cause sleepiness and drowsiness. Medications that cause sleepiness are called sedatives. Taking zizyphus along with sedative medications might cause too much sleepiness. Taking zizyphus along with sedative medications used in surgery might cause prolonged sedation.Some sedative medications include pentobarbital (Nembutal), phenobarbital (Luminal), secobarbital (Seconal), thiopental (Pentothal), fentanyl (Duragesic, Sublimaze), morphine, propofol (Diprivan), and others.

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