Benefits Of Hu Zhang

Hu zhang is the Chinese name given to a plant with the scientific name of Polygonum cuspidatum. North American varieties are often referred to as “Mexican bamboo.” The root is used as medicine.

Hu zhang is used for conditions of the heart and blood vessels including “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), high cholesterol, and heart disease; and for digestion problems including constipationliver disease (hepatitis), and gallstones. It is also used for cancer, skin burnspain and swelling of the bone (osteomyelitis) and gout.

Women sometimes use hu zhang for painful menstrual periods and menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for…

  • Constipation.
  • Menstrual problems.
  • Hot flashes.
  • Heart disease.
  • High cholesterol.
  • Cancer.
  • Skin burns.
  • Liver disease.
  • Gout.
  • Gallstones.
  • Other conditions.

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of hu zhang for these uses.

How does Hu Zhang work?

There is not enough known about how hu zhang might work. Some chemicals in hu zhang might decrease how fast some cells grow.

Are there safety concerns?

There is not enough information available to know if hu zhang is safe to take for medical conditions.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking hu zhang if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Bleeding disorders: Hu zhang contains resveratrol. Resveratrol is a chemical that might slow blood clotting. Taking hu zhang might slow clotting and increase the chances of bruising and bleeding in people with bleeding disorders.

Hormone-sensitive conditions such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids: There is some developing evidence that hu zhang might act like estrogen. If you have any condition that might be made worse by exposure to estrogen, don’t use hu zhang until more is known.

Surgery: Hu zhang contains resveratrol. Resveratrol is a chemical that might slow blood clotting. Hu zhang might increase the risk of bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using hu zhang at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

Are there any interactions with medications?


EstrogensInteraction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.Talk with your health provider.

Hu zhang seems to have some of the same effects as estrogen. Taking hu zhang along with estrogens might decrease the effects of estrogens.

Some estrogen pills include conjugated equine estrogens (Premarin), ethinyl estradiol, estradiol, and others.


Medications changed by the liver (Cytochrome P450 1A1 (CYP1A1) substrates)Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.Talk with your health provider.

Some medications are changed and broken down by the liver. Hu zhang contains the constituent resveratrol. Resveratrol might decrease how quickly the liver breaks down some medications. Taking hu zhang along with some medications that are broken down by the liver might increase the effects and side effects of some medications. Before taking hu zhang talk to your healthcare provider if you take any medications that are changed by the liver.

Some medications changed by the liver include chlorzoxazonetheophylline, and bufuralol.

Some medications are changed and broken down by the liver. Hu zhang contains resveratrol, and resveratrol might decrease how quickly the liver breaks down some medications. Taking hu zhang along with some medications that are broken down by the liver might increase the effects and side effects of some medications. Before taking hu zhang talk to your healthcare provider if you take any medications that are changed by the liver.

Some of these medications that are changed by the liver include clozapine (Clozaril), cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril), fluvoxamine (Luvox), haloperidol (Haldol), imipramine (Tofranil), mexiletine (Mexitil), olanzapine (Zyprexa), pentazocine (Talwin), propranolol (Inderal), tacrine (Cognex), zileuton (Zyflo), zolmitriptan (Zomig), and others. Read More

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