Kombucha tea

By Medically reviewed by hellodoktor

Uses

What is kombucha tea used for?

Kombucha tea is used for memory loss, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), joint pain (rheumatism), aging, loss of appetite, AIDS, cancer, high blood pressure, constipation, arthritis, and hair regrowth. It is also used for increasing white cell (T-cell) counts, boosting the immune system, and strengthening the metabolism.

Some people apply kombucha tea directly to the skin to reduce pain.

How does it work?

There are not enough studies about how kombucha tea works. Please discuss with your doctor for more information. However, there are some studies that show kombucha tea contains alcohol, vinegar, B vitamins, caffeine, sugar, and other substances. However, there isn’t enough evidence to know how kombucha tea might work for medicinal uses.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using kombucha tea?

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 kombucha tea or other medications or other herbals. l
  • 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 kombucha tea are less strict than the regulations for a drug. More studies are needed to determine its safety. The benefits of taking this kombucha tea supplement must outweigh the risks before use. Consult with your herbalist or doctor for more information.

How safe is kombucha tea?

Kombucha tea is possibly unsafe for most adults when taken by mouth.

This tea is likely unsafe in people with weakened immune systems, such as people with HIV/AIDS, who are more likely to get infections, as well as when it is prepared in a lead-glazed ceramic pot. Lead poisoning has been reported following ingestion of kombucha tea.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Kombucha tea is POSSIBLY UNSAFE during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Diabetes: Kombucha tea might affect blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Watch for signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and monitor your blood sugar carefully if you have diabetes and use kombucha tea.

Diarrhea: Kombucha tea contains caffeine. The caffeine in kombucha tea, especially when taken in large amounts, can worsen diarrhea.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): Kombucha tea contains caffeine. The caffeine in kombucha tea, especially when taken in large amounts, can worsen diarrhea and might worsen symptoms of IBS.

Surgery: Since kombucha tea seems to affect blood glucose levels, there is a concern that it might interfere with blood glucose control during and after surgery. Stop using kombucha tea at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

Weak immune system: Don’t use kombucha tea if you have a weakened immune system due to HIV/AIDS or other causes. Kombucha tea can support the growth of bacteria and fungus that can cause serious infections.

Side effects

What kind of side effects may I have from herbal?

When taken by mouth. It can cause side effects including stomach problems, yeast infections, allergic reactions, yellow skin (jaundice), nausea, vomiting, head and neck pain, and death.

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 herbal?

This herbal supplement may interact with your current medications or medical conditions. Consult with your herbal healer or doctor before using.

Product that may interact with this herbal is:

Disulfiram (Antabuse). Kombucha tea contains alcohol. The body breaks down alcohol to get rid of it. Disulfiram (Antabuse) decreases the break-down of alcohol. Taking kombucha tea along with disulfiram (Antabuse) can cause a pounding headache, vomiting, flushing, and other unpleasant reactions.

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 kombucha tea?

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

What form does kombucha tea come in?

This herbal supplement may be available in the following dosage forms:

Liquid probiotics supplement (organic Kombucha extract with living probiotics.)

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

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