Chinese mallow

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Uses

What is Chinese mallow used for?

Chinese mallow is an herb. The seed is used to make medicine.

People use Chinese mallow as a laxative to relieve constipation and as a diuretic to relieve water retention by increasing urine production. Chinese mallow is also used for kidney disorders and to start the flow of breast milk.

How does it work?

There are not enough studies about how Chinese mallow works. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for more information. However, it is known that Chinese mallow might lower blood sugar and affect immune system function, according to developing research.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Chinese mallow?

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 Chinese mallow 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 Chinese mallow?

There isn’t enough information available to know if Chinese mallow is safe.

Special precautions & warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of Chinese mallow during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Diabetes: Chinese mallow might lower blood sugar. Taking Chinese mallow extract along with diabetesmedications used to lower blood sugar 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.

Surgery: Chinese mallow might affect blood sugar levels. There is some concern that it might make blood sugar control difficult during and after surgery. Stop taking Chinese mallow at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

Side effects

What kind of side effects may I have from Chinese mallow?

If you have any concerns about side effects, please consult your herbalist or doctor.

Interactions

What interactions may I have with Chinese mallow?

Chinese mallow may interact with your current medications or medical conditions. Consult with your herbalist or doctor before using.

Products that may interact with Chinese mallow include:

  • Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs)

Chinese mallow extract might decrease blood sugar. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking Chinese mallow extract 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, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.

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 Chinese mallow?

The dose for Chinese mallow 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 Chinese mallow come in?

Chinese mallow may be available in the following forms:

  • Raw Chinese mallow
  • Chinese mallow tea

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

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Review Date: November 24, 2017 | Last Modified: November 28, 2017

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