Black Catnip

Updated | 2018-11-23


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Black Catnip


Overview

Botanical Name: Phyllanthus amarus


Order: Malpighiales


Family: Phyllanthaceae


A species of Phyllanthus that is native to South and Southeast Asia. Similar to Phyllanthus niruri and Phyllanthus urinaria this plant is also being used to treat hepatitis B and other liver problems. However, do not confuse this plant with Phyllanthus niruri and Phyllanthus urinaria.



Evidence

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No Clinical Research:

All other conditions.


Side Effects
Side effects may include:
  • Decreased Appetite
  • Nausea
  • Stomach Ache
Precautions and Adverse Events:
  • Use caution or contact a licensed healthcare practitioner, since there is not enough research on the use of supplements containing black catnip.
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Pregnant or Nursing

There is not enough research on the use of supplements containing black catnip during pregnancy and breast-feeding, so consult a licensed healthcare practitioner before use or avoid use.



Interactions

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Potential

  • Diuretics
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Dosage

Black catnip is not a "drug", the best doses have not been thoroughly established. Make sure to follow the specific product instructions and take as directed on the label, or consult a licensed healthcare practitioner before use.



Compounds
Black Catnip compounds


References

1. Doshi JC, Vaidya AB, Antarkar DS, Deolalikar R, Antani DH. A two-stage clinical trial of Phyllanthus amarus in hepatitis B carriers: failure to eradicate the surface antigen. Indian J Gastroenterol. 1994 Jan;13(1):7-8. 2. Narendranathan M, Remla A, Mini PC, Satheesh P. A trial of Phyllanthus amarus in acute viral hepatitis. Trop Gastroenterol. 1999 Oct-Dec;20(4):164-6. 3. Thamlikitkul V, Wasuwat S, Kanchanapee P. Efficacy of Phyllanthus amarus for eradication of hepatitis B virus in chronic carriers. J Med Assoc Thai. 1991 Sep;74(9):381-5. 4. Thyagarajan SP, Subramanian S, Thirunalasundari T, Venkateswaran PS, Blumberg BS. Effect of Phyllanthus amarus on chronic carriers of hepatitis B virus. Lancet. 1988 Oct 1;2(8614):764-6. 5. Wang M, Cheng H, Li Y, Meng L, Zhao G, et al. Herbs of the genus Phyllanthus in the treatment of chronic hepatitis B: observations with three preparations from different geographic sites. J Lab Clin Med. 1995 Oct;126(4):350-2. 6. Xin-Hua W, Chang-Qing L, Xing-Bo G, Lin-Chun F. A comparative study of Phyllanthus amarus compound and interferon in the treatment of chronic viral hepatitis B. Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health. 2001 Mar;32(1):140-2. 7. Srividya N, Periwal S. Diuretic, hypotensive and hypoglycaemic effect of Phyllanthus amarus. Indian J Exp Biol. 1995 Nov;33(11):861-4. 8. Ajaiyeoba EO, Falade CO, Fawole OI, Akinboye DO, Gbotosho GO, et al. Efficacy of herbal remedies used by herbalists in Oyo State Nigeria for treatment of Plasmodium falciparum infections--a survey and an observation. Afr J Med Med Sci. 2004 Jun;33(2):115-9. 9. Gruenwald J, Brendler T, Jaenicke C, editors. PDR for herbal medicines. 4th ed. Montvale, NJ, USA: Thomson Healthcare; 2007. 10. Liu J, Lin H, McIntosh H. Genus Phyllanthus for chronic hepatitis B virus infection: a systematic review. J Viral Hepat. 2001 Sep;8(5):358-66. 11. Srividya N, Periwal S. Diuretic, hypotensive and hypoglycaemic effect of Phyllanthus amarus. Indian J Exp Biol. 1995 Nov;33(11):861-4.

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