What is agave used for?
Agave is found in Mexico, Central and South America, the Mediterranean, and some parts of India. It has been taken by mouth for constipation, indigestion, flatulence, jaundice, cancer, and diarrhea; to promote labor, and to promote urine production.
Agave has also been applied to the skin to treat bruises and to promote hair growth.
Agave may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist, herbalist for more information.
How does it work?
There are not enough studies about how this herbal supplement works. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for more information. However, there are some studies showing that some chemicals in agave can reduce swelling (inflammation), cause the uterus to contract, or prevent the growth of some cancer cells.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using agave?
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 agave or other medications or other herbals.
- 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 herbal supplement are less strict than the regulations for a drug. More studies are needed to determine its safety. The benefits of taking this herbal supplement must outweigh the risks before use. Consult with your herbalist or doctor for more information.
How safe is agave?
Pregnancy and breastfeeding:
There isn’t enough information about the safety of using this herbal during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking this medication.
Stop taking agave at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
What kind of side effects may I have from agave?
Agave causes these side effects, such as:
- Liver damage
- Allergic reaction
- Skin sores
- Swelling of small blood vessels (veins) within minutes to hours of exposure
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.
What interactions may I have with agave?
This herbal supplement may interact with your current medications or medical conditions. Consult with your herbal healer or doctor before using.
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 agave?
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 agave come in?
This herbal supplement may be available in the following dosage forms:
- Dried roots and leaves
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Review Date: May 6, 2017 | Last Modified: May 6, 2017