Chirayata Dosing and Safety

safety

Allergies

Avoid if allergic or sensitive to Swertia chirata, its parts, or members of the Gentianaceae family.

Side Effects and Warnings

Safety data for Swertia chirata are based on traditional health practice patterns and expert opinion. Reliable research on the safety or efficacy of Swertia chirata is lacking.
Avoid if allergic or sensitive to Swertia chirata, its parts, or members of the Gentianaceae family.
Avoid in children and in women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, due to a lack of safety data.
Swertia chirata may lower blood sugar levels. Caution is advised in people with diabetes or hypoglycemia, and in those taking drugs, herbs, or supplements that affect blood sugar. Blood glucose levels may need to be monitored by a qualified healthcare professional, including a pharmacist, and medication adjustments may be necessary.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

There is a lack of scientific evidence on the use of Swertia chirata during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

dosing

Adults (18 years and older)

As a tonic, Swertia chirata has been taken by mouth as an infusion or tincture in doses of 5-30 grains with honey three times daily. Swertia chirata has been taken by mouth in hot water with cloves or cinnamon in doses of up to one fluid ounce. Up to two ounces of Swertia chirata has been taken by mouth twice daily before meals.

Children (under 18 years old)

There is no proven safe or effective dose for Swertia chirata in children.

interactions

Interactions with Drugs

Swertia chirata may lower blood sugar levels. Caution is advised when using medications that may also lower blood sugar. People taking insulin or drugs for diabetes by mouth should be monitored closely by a qualified healthcare professional, including a pharmacist. Medication adjustments may be necessary.
Swertia chirata may also interact with agents that may be toxic to the liver, agents that may stimulate the central nervous system, agents that may treat urinary stones, antibiotics, anticancer agents, antileishmanial agents, antiobesity agents, antiparasitic agents, antiulcer agents, and antiviral agents.

Interactions with Herbs and Dietary Supplements

Swertia chirata may lower blood sugar levels. Caution is advised when using herbs or supplements that may also lower blood sugar. Blood glucose levels may require monitoring, and doses may need adjustment.
Swertia chirata may also interact with antibacterial herbs and supplements, anticancer herbs and supplements, antileishmanial agents, antiobesity herbs and supplements, antioxidants, antiparasitic herbs and supplements, antiulcer and gastric acid-reducing herbs and supplements, antiviral herbs and supplements, herbs and supplements that may be toxic to the liver, herbs and supplements that may stimulate the central nervous system, and herbs and supplements that may treat urinary stones.