African Wild Potato
- What other names is African Wild Potato known by?
- What is African Wild Potato?
- How does African Wild Potato work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for African Wild Potato.
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.
- Lung disease.
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
- Tuberculosis (TB).
- A skin condition called psoriasis.
- Wound healing.
- Improving the immune system.
- Other conditions.
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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