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CucumberNatural health supplements sometimes have unexpected side effects or interactions with medication that can lead to adverse reactions that are sometimes life threatening. The following is a list of cautions that you should be aware of before using cucumber (Cucumis sativus). These are referred to as drug/herb interactions.
Warning 1 - Contraindications: None
Warning 2 - Diuretics: Cucumber may increase the effect of other diuretics. Consumption of cucumber in excess amounts increases fluid loss and may result in dehydration.
Warning 3 - Toxicity: Cucumber contains small patches that taste bitter. These portions contain the toxic compound tetracyclic triterpenoids or cucurbitacins. Excessive consumption of this compound may be lethal.
Used as a natural health remedy: Cucumber is used internally for the following benefits and conditions:
Side Effects of CucumberThe known side effects of using Cucumber include:
As with any herb, a serious allergic reaction is possible. Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction. These may include a rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, or trouble breathing.
If you have to cope with white flies cucumbers may be a simple fix. Put a slice of cucumber in an aluminum pan and voila, there're gone. Apparently the cucumber reacts with the aluminum and sends off a repelling odor. You can't smell it but the white flies will leave the area.
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