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Alpinia (Alpinia galanga)



Interactions

Alpinia/Drug Interactions:
  • AntacidsAntacids: Theoretically, due to reports that alpinia increases stomach acid, alpinia might decrease the effectiveness of antacids (30).
  • Antidiabetic agentsAntidiabetic agents: One animal study reported that alpinia may decrease glucose concentrations (13). Theoretically, an additive effect with hyperglycemic drugs may occur.
  • Antihypertensive drugsAntihypertensive drugs: Small reductions in systolic and diastolic blood pressure have been associated with the use of alpinia in human and animal studies (26;24;25). Theoretically, additive effects may occur.
  • DiureticsDiuretics: A slight increase in diuresis was observed in two human studies following the administration of Alpinia speciosa (24;25). However, there is contradictory pharmacologic evidence suggesting alpinia's anti-diuresis effects as well (12).
  • H2-blockersH2-blockers: Theoretically, due to reports that alpinia increases stomach acid, alpinia might decrease the effectiveness of H2-blockers (30).
  • Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs)Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) : Theoretically, due to reports that alpinia increases stomach acid, alpinia might decrease the effectiveness of proton pump inhibitors (30).

Alpinia/Herb/Supplement Interactions:
  • DiureticsDiuretics: A slight increase in diuresis was observed in two human studies following the administration of Alpinia speciosa (24;25). However, there is contradictory pharmacologic evidence suggesting alpinia's anti-diuresis effects as well (12).
  • HypoglycemicsHypoglycemics: One animal study reported that alpinia may decrease glucose concentrations (13). Theoretically, an additive effect with hyperglycemic herbs may occur.
  • HypotensivesHypotensives: Small reductions in systolic and diastolic blood pressure have been associated with the use of alpinia in human and animal studies (26;24;25). Theoretically, additive effects may occur.

Alpinia/Food Interactions:
  • Insufficient available available evidence.

Alpinia/Lab Interactions:
  • Red blood cell levelsRed blood cell levels: One animal study reported that alpinia may elevate red blood cell levels (29).
  • Serum glucose levelsSerum glucose levels: One animal study reported that alpinia may decrease glucose concentrations (13).

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