Prickly Pear Cactus

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What other names is Prickly Pear Cactus known by?

Barbary-fig Cactus, Cactus Flowers, Cactus Fruit, Cactus Pear Fruit, Figue d'Inde, Figuier de Barbarie, Fruit du Cactus, Fruit de l'Oponce, Gracemere-Pear, Indian-fig Prickly Pear Cactus, Indien-Figue, Nopal, Nopal Cactus, Nopales, Nopol, OPI, Oponce, Opuntia, Opuntia cardona, Opuntia ficus, Opuntia ficus-indica, Opuntia Fruit, Opuntia fuliginosa, Opuntia hyptiacantha, Opuntia lasciacantha, Opuntia macrocentra, Opuntia megacantha, Opuntia puberula, Opuntia streptacantha, Opuntia velutina, Opuntia violacea, Prickly Pear, Tuna Cardona, Westwood-Pear.

What is Prickly Pear Cactus?

Prickly pear cactus is a plant. The leaves, stems, flowers, and fruit are used for medicine.

Possibly Effective for...

  • Diabetes. Some forms of prickly pear cactus seem to lower blood sugar levels in people who have type 2 diabetes.
  • Hangover. Taking prickly pear cactus before drinking alcohol might reduce some symptoms of hangover the next day.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • High blood cholesterol, obesity, colitis, diarrhea, enlarged prostate, and treating infections caused by viruses.

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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