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Mana Sundari

Uses: lowering blood sugar after a meal in patients with diabetes type 2,treating respiratory infections, and improving athletic performance

Common side effects may include: diarrhea; insomnia; headache; rapid heartbeat; increased or decreased blood pressure; breast tenderness

Possible drug interactions: any medicine for diabetes; warfarin (Coumadin); medicine for depression; or immunosuppressants

Uses: insomnia; anxiety; stress; depression; chronic fatigue syndrome; tremors; epilepsy; menopause symptoms

Common side effects may include: headache; upset stomach; thinking problems; dry mouth; feeling excited or uneasy; strange dreams; or daytime drowsiness. Potential for serious liver problems.

Valerian can heighten effects of: sleeping pills; narcotic pain medicine; allergy medications; muscle relaxers; or medicine for anxiety, depression, or seizures.

Uses: induce sweating; stop wound bleeding; reduce heavy menstrual bleeding and pain; relieve GI ailments; for cerebral and coronary thromboses; lower high blood pressure; improve circulation; and tone varicose veins.

Side effects: Contact dermatitis for some.

No documented interactions with drugs.