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Tripterygium wilfordii

Tripterygium wilfordii (Thunder God Vine) is a Traditional Chinese Medicine that appears to be effective for the treatment of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, but has toxicity associated per se and a low therapeutic threshold.

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Recommended dosage, active amounts, other details

It should be noted that this plant has a very low therapeutic index (difference between the effective dose and the toxic dose) and that overdosing is both easy to do and critical; supplementation is usually avoided for this reason.

Things to Note

Primary Function:

Also Known As

Thunder God Vine

Caution Notice

Known to interact with Drug Metabolizing Enzymes

High Toxicity

  • This plant appears to inhibit the CYP3A4 enzyme, which is known to metabolize a great deal of drugs

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