What are the side effects of Pueraria mirifica?


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According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, there are no known side effects of Pueraria mirifica when used as a topical ointment. Drugs.com also says that there are no documented interactions for this product.

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Pueraria mirifica is a plant used in creams, soaps and tablets for a multitude of purposes including rejuvenating skin and breast enlargement. While there is no proof that Pueraria mirifica actually accomplishes any of its cosmetic claims, Drugs.com cites studies showing it may have some efficacy against osteoporosis and as an antioxidant and insecticide.

Traditionally Pueraria mirifica is used during menopause, with a recent study cited by the National Center for Biotechnology Information pointing out evidence that it can counteract vaginal atrophy after menopause.

Drugs.com describes Pueraria mirifica as a plant that is rich in phytoestrogens, hormones which occur in plants and can have healthful benefits for women. The plant, which is native to Thailand, is a vine with tuberous roots and blue flowers. For the last century, women in Thailand claim to have used this plant to moisturize skin, regrow hair and enlarge breasts. Global demand for Pureraria mirifica skyrocketed in 1999. Manufacturers suggest those taking Pueraria mirifica take between 200 and 400 milligrams a day in tablet form.

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