Pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo) is a plant native to South America that now grows worldwide. The seed and its oil are used to make medicine.
The chemicals in pumpkin seed can increase urination, which might help relieve bladder and prostate discomfort. Some chemicals might also reduce swelling in the prostate. The pumpkin fruit and seed are commonly used in foods.
People commonly use pumpkin for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). It is also used for balding, UTIs, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these other uses.
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).  Taking oral pumpkin seed or pumpkin seed oil may improve symptoms of BPH.
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- Androgenic alopecia.  Oral pumpkin seed oil might improve hair regrowth in males with mild to moderate hair loss.
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- Interstitial cystitis. Login for details
- Intestinal parasite infection. Login for details
- Overactive bladder.  Oral pumpkin seed oil has only been evaluated in combination with other ingredients; its effect when used alone is unclear.
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- Urinary tract infections (UTIs). Login for details
When taken by mouth: Pumpkin is likely safe when eaten in foods. It is possibly safe to take pumpkin seed or pumpkin seed oil in medicinal amounts. Side effects from pumpkin products are rare, but might include stomach discomfort, diarrhea, and nausea.
When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if pumpkin seed oil is safe or what the side effects might be.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if pumpkin is safe to use in medicinal amounts when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick with usual food amounts.
Interaction Rating=Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Taking pumpkin might decrease how quickly the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.
There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.
There are no known interactions with foods.
Pumpkin fruit and seed are commonly eaten in foods. As a supplement, there isn't enough reliable information to know what an appropriate dose of pumpkin might be. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult a healthcare professional before using.
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