Kinetin is a chemical analogue of cytokinins, a class of plant hormones that promotes cell division. Kinetin is found in both plants and animals.
Scientific studies have investigated whether kinetin might help lower side effects associated with cataract surgery, aid in the treatment of Meniere's disease or decrease eye blood pressure. Currently, there is not enough scientific evidence to support any of these uses.

Related Terms

Cytokinins, furfural, furfuryladenine, hyaluronidase, isopentenyladenine (IPA), kinerase, kinesin-I, kinetin, kinetin riboside.

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These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.
Cataracts (surgery) (Grade: C)
Side effects of cataract surgery may include pain, infection, swelling, bleeding, or retinal detachment. The use of kinetin during cataract surgery may lower adverse effects associated with cataracts. More research is needed in this area.
Meniere's disease (Grade: C)
Meniere's disease is a disorder of the inner ear, which causes hearing loss, ringing in the ear, and the sensation that one's surroundings are spinning. Kinetin may be beneficial for patients with Meniere's disease. However, additional study is needed in this area.
Ocular disorders (eye blood pressure) (Grade: C)
Kinetin may decrease blood pressure in the eye, although currently there is insufficient available evidence to draw a strong conclusion.