|Studies on Diabetes
||A freeze-dried decoction showed no effect on blood glucose level in normal mice when administered orally though did decrease levels in a dose-dependent manner after interperitoneal injection. It also lowered the glycemia of mild alloxan-diabetic mice and rats, but not in severe alloxan-diabetic rats (Alarcon-Aguilar 2002).
||Folk uses include cancer, cholesterol and wounds (Kay 1996).
|Formulations used by Informants
||Commercially prepared pills, capsules or tablets (Diabetesnat).
||Sterols, saponins, alkaloids, phenols and other toxic compounds (Kay 1996).
|Potential Adverse Effects
||May contain toxic cucurbitacins (Kay 1996).
|Potential Medication Interactions
||No clinical medication interactions were found.