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  Opuntia P. Mill.
 
Scientific Name  Opuntia P. Mill.
Family Name  Cactaceae
Common Name  Prickly Pear, Indian fig, tuna, nopal, nopales
Photo link  authorpics/opuntiaPic.cfm
Studies on Diabetes  Healthy rabbits showed 17% improvement in glucose tolerance test of Opuntia over water control. This was slightly better than tolbutamide. (Roman-Ramos 1995).
Other Uses  Burns, infections (Kay, 1996)
Formulations used by  Informants  Liquado
Phytochemistry  Kaempferol, luteolin, quercetin, rhamnetin, and beta-sitosterol (Kay 1996).
Potential Adverse  Effects  Mild diarrhea, nausea, increased stool volume, increased stool frequency, abdominal fullness, and headache have been reported (NMCD; http://www.naturaldatabase.com/monograph.asp?mono_id=880&brand_id=, accessed 4/28/04).
Potential Medication  Interactions  Diabetic Medication: may increase effects (NMCD accessed 4/28/04).
References  http://www.itis.usda.gov/index.html

 

 

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