Chinese mallow (Malva verticillate) is an herb. The leaf used to be eaten as a vegetable. Some people use the plant to make medicine.
There isn't enough reliable information available to know how Chinese mallow might work.
People use Chinese mallow for constipation, kidney failure, and diabetes, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Is It Effective?
There is interest in using Chinese mallow for a number of purposes, but there isn't enough reliable information to say whether it might be helpful.
Is it Safe?
When taken by mouth: There isn't enough reliable information to know if Chinese mallow 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 Chinese mallow is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Surgery: Chinese mallow might affect blood sugar levels. There is some concern that it might make blood sugar control difficult during and after surgery. Stop taking Chinese mallow at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs)
Interaction Rating=Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Chinese mallow might lower blood sugar levels. Taking Chinese mallow along with diabetes medications might cause blood sugar to drop too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely.
Herbs and supplements that might lower blood sugar: Chinese mallow might lower blood sugar. Taking it with other supplements with similar effects might lower blood sugar too much. Examples of supplements with this effect include aloe, bitter melon, cassia cinnamon, chromium, and prickly pear cactus.
There are no known interactions with foods.
There isn't enough reliable information to know what an appropriate dose of Chinese mallow might be. 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 a healthcare professional before using.
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