Alkanna

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Uses

What is alkanna used for?

Alkanna is a plant, which is used for diarrhea and stomach ulcers. It is also applied directly to the skin to heal wounds and treat skin diseases.

Alkanna 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 alkanna might act as antioxidants and might also reduce swelling (inflammation).

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using alkanna?

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 alkanna 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 alkanna?

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.

Side effects

What kind of side effects may I have from alkanna?

Alkanna causes these side effects, such as:

  • Liver damage
  • Cirrhosis
  • Pneumonitis
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Heart failure

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 alkanna?

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

Alkanna is broken down by the liver. Some chemicals that form when the liver breaks down alkanna can be harmful. Medications that cause the liver to break down alkanna might enhance the toxic effects of chemicals contained in alkanna. These medicines are carbamazepine (Tegretol), phenobarbital, phenytoin (Dilantin), rifampin, rifabutin (Mycobutin), 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 alkanna?

Alkanna liquid extract:

Shake well before use. 20-30 drops, three times a day or as directed by your practitioner.

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 alkanna come in?

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

  • Liquid Extract
  • Root Powder

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

msBahasa Malaysia

Review Date: May 6, 2017 | Last Modified: May 6, 2017

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