Scientific names: Brickellia spp
Alternate names: Atanasia Amarga, Brickellia arguta, Brickellia cavanillesii, Brickellia glutinosa, Brickellia veronicifolia, Brickellie, Gobernadora de Puebla, Hierba Dorada, Oregano de Monte, Peiston, Pexto, Prodigiosa
Brickellia is a shrub that is native to California. The leaf is used to make medicine.
People use brickellia for diabetes, arthritis, diarrhea, stomach pain, stomach ulcer, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
When taken by mouth: There isn't enough reliable information to know if brickellia is safe or what the side effects might be.
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if brickellia is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Diabetes: Brickellia might lower blood sugar levels. There is a chance that brickellia might interfere with blood sugar control and might lower blood sugar too much. If you have diabetes and use brickellia, monitor your blood sugar carefully.
Surgery: Brickellia might lower blood sugar levels. There is some concern that it might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop using brickellia at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
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- Stomach pain.
- Gallbladder disease.
- Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of brickellia for these uses.
The appropriate dose of brickellia depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for brickellia. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
Interactions with pharmaceuticals
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs)
Interaction Rating=Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Brickellia might decrease blood sugar in people with diabetes. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking brickellia along with diabetes medications might cause 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.
Interactions with herbs & supplements
Herbs and supplements that might lower blood sugar: Brickellia might lower blood sugar. Using it with other herbs or supplements that also have this effect might lower blood sugar too much. Other herbs and supplements that might lower blood sugar include banaba, bitter melon, cowhage, ginger, glucomannan, goat's rue, fenugreek, kudzu, willow bark, and others. Don't use brickellia with any of these.
There are no known interactions with foods.
Developing research suggests that brickellia might work like an antioxidant. It might also lower blood sugar, a benefit for people with diabetes.
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