Black wolfberry

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Uses

What is black wolfberry used for?

Black wolfberry, also known as black goji berry, is used for:

  • High cholesterol
  • Menopause
  • Menstrual disorders
  • Anemia
  • Fatigue
  • Heart disease
  • Impotence
  • Lung diseases
  • Liver diseases
  • Gum disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Skin disease
  • Dizziness
  • Eye diseases
  • Kidney failure
  • Anti aging
  • Anti cancer
  • Anti diabetes
  • Immunity booster

It is also used as a liver tonic and detoxicant.

How does it work?

There are not enough studies about how black wolfberry works. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for more information. However, it is known that black wolfberry is a very rich source of vitamins and minerals, especially in vitamins A, C and E, flavanoids and other bio-active compounds. It is also a fairly good source of essential fatty acids, which is fairly unusual for a fruit. It is being investigated as a food that is capable of reducing the incidence of cancer and also as a means of halting or reversing the growth of cancers.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using black wolfberry?

Consult with your doctor or pharmacist or herbalist, if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription.
  • You have allergy with any substances of black wolfberry or other medications or other herbs.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
  • You have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.

The regulations for an herb are less strict than the regulations for a drug. More studies are needed to determine its safety. The benefits of taking this herb must outweigh the risks before use. Consult with your herbalist or doctor for more information.

How safe is black wolfberry?

Back wolfberry is possibly safe when taken appropriately by mouth, short-term.

Special precautions & warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Taking black wolfberry by mouth during pregnancy is likely unsafe. It contains a chemical, betaine, which could cause miscarriage. Don’t use black wolfberry if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Allergy to protein in certain products: black wolfberry might cause an allergic reaction in people who are allergic to tobacco, peaches, tomatoes, and nuts.

Low blood pressure: black wolfberry might lower blood pressure. If your blood pressure is already low, taking black wolfberry might make it drop too much.

High blood pressure: black wolfberry might lower blood pressure. It might cause blood pressure to drop too much if you are taking medications for high blood pressure.

Side effects

What kind of side effects may I have from black wolfberry?

Black wolfberry can cause some side effects such as nausea and vomiting.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about side effects, please consult your herbalist or doctor.

Interactions

What interactions may I have with black wolfberry?

Black wolfberry may interact with your current medications or medical conditions. Consult with your herbalist or doctor before using.

Products that may interact with black wolfberry include:

  • Medications changed by the liver

Some medications are changed and broken down by the liver.

Lycium might decrease how quickly the liver breaks down some medications. Taking lycium along with some medications that are broken down by the liver can increase the effects and side effects of some medications. Before taking lycium talk to your healthcare provider if you take any medications that are changed by the liver.

Some medications that are changed by the liver include amitriptyline (Elavil), diazepam (Valium), zileuton (Zyflo), celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac (Voltaren), fluvastatin (Lescol), glipizide (Glucotrol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), irbesartan (Avapro), losartan (Cozaar), phenytoin (Dilantin), piroxicam (Feldene), tamoxifen (Nolvadex), tolbutamide (Tolinase), torsemide (Demadex), warfarin (Coumadin), and others.

  • Antihypertensive drugs

Lycium seems to decrease blood pressure. Taking lycium along with medications for high blood pressure might cause your blood pressure to go too low.

Some medications for high blood pressure include captopril (Capoten), enalapril (Vasotec), losartan (Cozaar), valsartan (Diovan), diltiazem (Cardizem), Amlodipine (Norvasc), hydrochlorothiazide (HydroDiuril), furosemide (Lasix), and many others.

  • Warfarin

Warfarin (Coumadin) is used to slow blood clotting. Lycium might increase how long warfarin (Coumadin) is in the body, and increase the chances of bruising and bleeding. Be sure to have your blood checked regularly. The dose of your warfarin (Coumadin) might need to be changed.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for medical advice. ALWAYS consult your herbalist or doctor before using this medication.

What is the usual dose for black wolfberry?

The dose for black wolfberry may be different for every patient. The dose that you take depends on your age, health, and several other conditions. Herbs are not always safe. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for your appropriate dosage.

What form does black wolfberry come in?

Black wolfberry may be available in the following forms:

  • Fresh black wolfberry
  • Black wolfberrytea

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: September 13, 2017 | Last Modified: September 13, 2017

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