July 1, 2016

African Wild Potato

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What other names is African Wild Potato known by?

African Potato, Bantu Tulip, Hypoxis, Hypoxis hemerocallidea, Hypoxis Plant, Hypoxis rooperi, Papa Silvestre Africana, Pomme de Terre Sauvage d'Afrique, South African Star Grass, Sterretjie.

What is African Wild Potato?

African wild potato is a plant. People use it to make medicine.

The African wild potato is used for urinary tract disorders including bladder infections (cystitis), prostate problems including benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostate cancer; other cancers; and lung disease. It is also used for tuberculosis, arthritis, and a skin condition called psoriasis, as well as for delaying AIDS symptoms in people who are HIV-positive.

Some people apply African wild potato directly to the skin to promote wound healing.

Possibly Effective for...

  • Trouble urinating because of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, BPH). African wild potato contains a chemical called beta-sitosterol, which seems to improve symptoms of BPH. In research, some specific African wild potato extracts (Harzol, Azuprostat) taken by mouth alone, or in combination with other beta-sitosterol sources, reduced urinary symptoms of BPH and improved quality of life.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Lung cancer. Early research suggests that hypoxoside, an African wild potato extract, might help people with lung cancer live longer.
  • Bladder infections.
  • Cancer.
  • Lung disease.
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
  • Tuberculosis (TB).
  • Arthritis.
  • A skin condition called psoriasis.
  • Wound healing.
  • Improving the immune system.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of African wild potato for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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