What is chaparral?

What is chaparral ()? The use of chaparral in cultural and traditional settings may differ from concepts accepted by current Western medicine. When considering the use of herbal supplements, consultation with a primary health care professional is advisable. Additionally, consultation with a practitioner trained in the uses of herbal/health supplements may be beneficial, and coordination of treatment among all health care providers involved may be advantageous.Chaparral is also known as Larrea tridentata, Larrea divaricata, creosote bush, greasewood, and hediondilla.Chaparral has been used for rheumatism, arthritis, stomach pain, cancer, and the common cold.Since the efficacy of chaparral has not been proven and its use has been associated with serious liver damage, ingestion of chaparral is generally not recommended.Chaparral has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of chaparral may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. There have been instances where herbal/health supplements have been sold which were contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.Chaparral may also have uses other than those listed in this medication guide.