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CARQUEJA

Other Names:

Bacanta, Baccharis crispa, Baccharis cylindrica, Baccharis gaudichaudiana, Baccharis genistelloides, Baccharis milleflora, Baccharis myriocephala, Baccharis trimera, Baccharis trinervis, Baccharis triptera, Cacalia Amara, Caclia Doce, Cacalia-Am...
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CARQUEJA Overview
CARQUEJA Uses
CARQUEJA Side Effects
CARQUEJA Interactions
CARQUEJA Dosing
CARQUEJA Overview Information

Carqueja is an herb. People dry the parts of the plant that grow above the ground and use them to make medicine.

Carqueja is used to treat pain, indigestion, swelling, water retention, and constipation. It is also used to protect the liver, prevent ulcers, purify the blood, aid digestion, reduce fever, and cause abortion. Other uses include treating chest pain (angina), diabetes, obesity, kidney disease, intestinal worms, viral infections, and poor blood circulation. Carqueja is also used to increase sexual desire.

Some people apply carqueja directly to the skin to treat wounds.

How does it work?

Carqueja contains chemicals that might relieve inflammation (swelling) and improve blood flow.

CARQUEJA Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

Insufficient Evidence for:

  • Pain.
  • Indigestion.
  • Water retention.
  • Constipation.
  • Protecting the liver.
  • Diabetes.
  • Chest pain (angina).
  • Improving circulation.
  • Intestinal worms.
  • Wounds, when applied to the skin.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of carqueja for these uses.


CARQUEJA Side Effects & Safety

There isn’t enough information to know if carqueja is safe.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of carqueja during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Allergy to ragweed, daisies, and related plants: Carqueja may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae plant family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking carqueja.

Diabetes: Carqueja might lower blood sugar levels. Using carqueja along with diabetes medications might make blood sugar levels drop too low. Monitor blood sugar levels closely.

Surgery: Carqueja might affect blood glucose levels. There is some concern that it might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop using carqueja at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

CARQUEJA Interactions What is this?

Moderate Interaction Be cautious with this combination

  • Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with CARQUEJA

    Carqueja can decrease blood sugar levels. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking carqueja along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to be 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.


CARQUEJA Dosing

The appropriate dose of carqueja 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 carqueja. 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.

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