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What Are the Medical Uses of Crescentia Cujete?

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Crescentia cujete has been used as a medicinal plant for centuries, even though the fruit from this tree cannot be safely eaten by humans. Some of the most popular uses for this herb include the treatment of respiratory illnesses, stomach ailments, and intestinal disturbances. It is widely believed that Crescentia cujete helps to stimulate insulin production, fights bacterial strains such as Staphylococcus aureus, and assists in blood pressure regulation. Supplements made with this herb should not be used by pregnant women because it can induce labor. Any specific questions or concerns about the use of this herb in an individual situation should be discussed with a doctor or other medical professional.

Respiratory illnesses such as bronchitis, influenza, or asthma may be treated with Crescentia cujete. This herb seems to be effective at reducing the coughing and spasms caused by these medical conditions and is frequently used along with other herbs for maximum effectiveness. Some studies have suggested that staph infections may respond to treatment with Crescentia cujete.

A variety of gastrointestinal disturbances are often treated with Crescentia cujete. Intestinal spasms often cause symptoms such as pain and diarrhea, which may be lessened when using this herbal remedy. In some cases, a tea made with this plant may be used to induce vomiting.

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Those with high blood pressure or diabetes may benefit from the use of Crescentia cujete. Consistent use of this herb is thought to lower blood pressure and increase insulin production. Some cultures believe that the fruit and bark of this tree help to cleanse the blood of all unhealthy toxins.

A doctor should be consulted before this herbal supplement is used by a woman who is pregnant. Historically used to induce labor, uterine contractions may develop that could put the unborn baby at risk. Premature labor or miscarriage are very real concerns when using this herb as a dietary supplement.

The use of Crescentia cujete should not replace traditional medical care and should be used only under the supervision of a doctor. In addition to possible side effects, this herb may not be recommended for patients who have certain medical conditions. Some over-the-counter or prescription medications may not work properly when combined with herbal supplements. Many medical professionals question the safety of nutritional supplements such as this because there are no regulatory agencies in place to ensure the effectiveness and recommended dosages of these treatment methods.

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