- What other names is Buckwheat known by?
- What is Buckwheat?
- How does Buckwheat work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Buckwheat.
As medicine, buckwheat is used to improve blood flow by strengthening veins and small blood vessels; to treat varicose veins and poor circulation in the legs; and to prevent "hardening of the arteries" (atherosclerosis).
Buckwheat is also used to treat diabetes.
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- Varicose veins and other circulatory problems (chronic venous insufficiency). Early research shows that drinking buckwheat tea for 3 months might prevent the legs of people with chronic venous insufficiency from becoming more swollen.
- Diabetes. Early research suggests that eating 70-100 grams of buckwheat flour or grain daily may improve long-term glucose tolerance in people with diabetes.
- Vision problems in people with diabetes. Early research suggests that taking buckwheat by mouth for 3 months might improve vision in people with visions problems due to diabetes.
- Improving blood flow.
- Preventing "hardening of the arteries" (atherosclerosis).
- Other conditions.
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