Galla Chinensis Side Effects
Though there are many benefits to using Galla chinensis, any medicine comes with a small risk for toxicity. There is little research on how Galla chinensis is tolerated in humans when taken by mouth. A recent rat study evaluated the toxicity of this herb and found that toxic levels were only reached with high doses used chronically (x). Additional side effects from this study included nervous system suppression, liver damage and kidney damage only at high doses as well (x).
Though this herb promotes digestive health, high quantities could ironically cause stomach upset, vomiting and diarrhea (x). Gallic acid, which is a compound found in this extract, can also affect one’s ability to absorb food properly (x). Tannins are known to decrease the ability to digest proteins and can also affect digestion of starch and the taste of food (x). Though most healthy adults can use this herb safely, it’s not recommended to ever exceed three times the daily-recommended dose. Like any other alternative remedy, it’s always best to ask your doctor if Galla chinensis is right for you.
Galla Chinensis Powder Dosage
When supplementing with Galla chinensis powder, it is best to take 1,500 mg (scant 1 ½ tsp) daily, or as otherwise directed by a physician. Of course, be sure to speak with a medical professional before adding this supplement to you regimen.
Galla chinensis for Teeth
Neutral oral environments lead to better oral health, as acid can lead to caries. An herb known as Galla Chinensis that has substantial antiviral, anticancer, hepatoprotective, antidiarrheal, and antioxidant properties also inhibits the acid production of caries-associated bacteria and makes teeth more resistant to acidic attack via mineralization, according to researchers from the West China School of Stomatology and the Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam.
The researchers obtained several Galla Chinensis extracts and identified them by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis. Next, they determined the extracts’ antibacterial capacity using the polymicrobial biofilms model, which can generate reproducible plaque-like biofilms in vivo. The researchers also tested the extracts’ effect on tooth demineralization using an in vitro pH-cyclic regime that mimicked the periodic pH change in the mouth.
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