Cade is a plant. The leaf, berries, stem, and oil extracted from the wood are used for medicine. The oil is also commonly used as a fragrance in perfumes, skin creams, and other products.

Cade oil is taken by mouth or applied to the skin for many different conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses. Using cade can also be unsafe.
When taken by mouth: Fully processed cade oil ("rectified cade oil") is POSSIBLY UNSAFE. It irritates the lining of the mouth and can cause serious side effects such as breathing problems, organ failure, seizures, and coma. Cade oil that has not been fully processed to remove cancer-causing compounds is LIKELY UNSAFE. Avoid using any form of cade oil by mouth.

When applied to the skin: Fully processed cade oil ("rectified cade oil") is LIKELY SAFE when applied to the skin in preparations containing 1% to 5% of the oil. These products seem to be safe to use short-term for minor skin problems. But cade oil that has not been fully processed to remove cancer-causing compounds is LIKELY UNSAFE to apply to the skin. Avoid using it.

There isn't enough reliable information to know if taking cade berries or leaf extracts 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 cade is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Children: Any preparations containing cade oil are LIKELY UNSAFE for children, either taken by mouth or when applied to the skin. Children seem to be at higher risk for serious, even deadly reactions to cade oil.

Cypress allergy: Pollen from cade trees can cause allergic reactions in people with cypress allergies.


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  • Diabetes.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Peptic ulcer disease (PUD).
  • High blood pressure.
  • Lung infections.
  • Common cold.
  • Kidney stones.
  • Cancer.
  • Psoriasis.
  • Eczema.
  • Scabies.
  • Wounds.
  • Head lice.
  • Dandruff.
  • Hair loss.
  • Cancers.
  • Snake bites.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of cade for these uses.

Dosing & administration

The appropriate dose of cade 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 cade. 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

It is not known if Cade interacts with any medicines. Before taking Cade, talk with your healthcare professional if you take any medications.

Interactions with herbs & supplements

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

Interactions with foods

There are no known interactions with foods.


Some studies in the lab show that cade extracts can kill bacteria, decrease swelling (inflammation), and improve blood sugar levels. There isn't enough information to know if cade has these effects in people. has licensed monographs from TRC Healthcare.
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