American bittersweet is rarely used today.
There is very little scientific information about this product. Our staff is continually analyzing the available information on natural medicines and will add data here as it becomes available.
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Pregnancy And Lactation: Insufficient reliable information available; avoid using.
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There is insufficient reliable information available about the effectiveness of American bittersweet.
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The applicable parts of American bittersweet are the root and bark. American bittersweet contains tannins and a yellow quinoide nortriterpene called celastrol (18).
|18||Gruenwald J, Brendler T, Jaenicke C. PDR for Herbal Medicines. 1st ed. Montvale, NJ: Medical Economics Company, Inc., 1998.|