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Pennywort

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LadyScozz

LadyScozz Report 25 Sep 2013 02:51

Pennywort (Arthritis Herb or Gota Cola) Plant

A friend recommends this for arthritis.

Has anyone tried it?

I've tried green-lipped mussels, fish oil, krill oil, even good old aspirin, but nothing has helped :-(

Allan

Allan Report 25 Sep 2013 08:24

Scozz, just be aware of this (from Google)

Potential Side Effects of Gotu Kola

Gotu kola has been shown, in some cases, to raise cholesterol and blood sugar levels, so should be avoided by those with high cholesterol and diabetes. This herb may also lead to miscarriage if used during pregnancy. The effect of use on infants and young children is unknown so those women who are breastfeeding should not use it. Gotu kola use may lead to sensitivity to sunlight or artificial tanning lights. Upset stomach and nausea may occur with oral use and contact dermatitis may result from topical use. Gotu kola may interact with medications that cause drowsiness and result in an increased sedation. Anticonvulsants, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, drugs for insomnia, and tricyclic antidepressants are all drugs that cause drowsiness and may cause an interaction when taken with this herb. It may also lessen the effectiveness of insulin and other oral diabetic medications, as well as cholesterol-lowering medications. Gotu kola may also have an increased sedative effect when taken with over-the-counter cold and cough medicines, or when drinking alcohol

Allan

DIZZI

DIZZI Report 25 Sep 2013 10:08

NOW A DAYS ALL HERBAL AND NATURAL REMEDIES SHOULD BE
CHECKED WITH YOUR GP,AS SOME MEDICATIONS AND ILLNESS
CAN HAVE A SEVERE REACTION WITH EACH OTHER.

LadyScozz

LadyScozz Report 25 Sep 2013 11:46

Yikes! :-0

I'll not be planting it!!

No chance of me getting pregnant :-D

There's a history on Mum's side of the family.... when the women get older they develop "mild" diabetis..... my doc keeps an eye on it, but it shouldn't happen until I'm into my 70s.

I'm on blood pressure & cholesterol medication, even though I don't have a bp problem, and my cholesterol level is fine.

I don't go out in the sun very much...... not allowed to because of Lupus.

I don't drink very much....... 3 middies max........ but it sounds like the "weed" would turn that into 6!

:-(

The friend who recommended it drinks like a fish and smokes her home-grown weed :-D