July 28, 2016

Cereus

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What other names is Cereus known by?

Cactus à Grandes Fleurs, Cactus grandiflorus, Cardon, Cereus grandiflorus, Night Blooming Cereus, Reina de la Noche, Reina de las Flores, Selenicereus, Selenicereus grandiflorus, Sweet Scented Cactus.

What is Cereus?

Cereus is an herb. People use the flower, stem, and young shoots for medicine.

Cereus is used for chest pain (angina), fluid retention associated with weak heart function (heart failure), and as a heart stimulant. Cereus is also used for bladder infections and other urinary tract problems, bleeding, and shortness of breath.

Women use it for painful or heavy menstrual periods.

Cereus is sometimes applied directly to the skin for joint pain.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Chest pain (angina).
  • Fluid retention due to heart failure.
  • Heavy menstrual pain and bleeding.
  • Urinary tract problems.
  • Bleeding.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Joint pain, when applied to the skin.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of cereus 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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