chaparral

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chaparral

an herbal product harvested from a shrub found in Mexico and the Southwestern United States.
uses Use of this herb is not recommended because it is potentially toxic to the liver and kidneys.
contraindications Do not use it during pregnancy and lactation or in children until more research is completed. Persons with liver or renal disease should also avoid its use. The American Herbal Product Association has recommended that companies not sell chaparral products until the hepatoxicity question has been clarified, but it is still readily available.

chaparral

Alternative oncology
A drought-adapted evergreen, the major component of which is nordihydroguaiaretic acid (NDGA), which may be used to treat GI tumours, leukaemia and brain gliomas.

Herbal medicine
Chaparral was once used by Native American herbalists as an antiarthritic and antitussive (effects that have not been confirmed by modern herbalists), for diarrhoea and other GI complaints, and topically for wounds.
 
Toxicity
Chaparral causes cramping, nausea and vomiting.

chaparral,

n Latin names:
Larrea tridentata, Larrea divaricata; part used: leaves; uses: fever, bronchitis, cancer, aching joints, diabetes; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children, patients with liver or kidney disease; can cause liver damage and failure, contact dermatitis. Also called
creosote bush, greasewood, or
Hediondilla.