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Katakataka: Uses For Better Health

Medically reviewed by Stephanie Nera, RPh, PharmD · Pharmacology

Written by Kristel Lagorza · Updated Nov 17, 2022

Katakataka: Uses For Better Health

Kalanchoe pinnata medicinal uses have been recognized in the herbal medicine industry for many years now. Also called katakataka, this succulent perennial plant is commonly used to treat wounds and minor illnesses.


For kalanchoe pinnata medicinal uses, the active constituents of katakataka are believed to have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antifungal properties for the treatment of several health conditions.

The leaves of the Katakataka plant may be used as a topical treatment for lesions and other external infections. Some even claim that the seeds have analgesic properties. 

It also helps with cough, arthritis, hypertension and headaches.

There is also ongoing research linking the katakataka herbal plant as a remedy for kidney stones, liver diseases, high blood pressure and urinary problems.

We recommend consulting your doctor before using the katakataka plant as an herbal alternative or medication booster.  

Precautions & Warnings

Herbal preparations have different regulations than conventional medicines or drugs, but you need to be well-informed to get the most out of taking this herb. Remember that the benefits should always outweigh any risk before use. Make sure to consult your doctor for kalanchoe pinnata medicinal uses, and especially if:

  • You are reactive to herbal medication or any of the substances of the katakataka plant.
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. Only take medication as recommended by your doctor.
  • Avoid taking any form of medication that could trigger a disagreeable body response.
  • You are suffering from other serious illnesses or medical conditions.

Some contraindications for Kalanchoe pinnata medicinal uses:

  • Do not use it if you are pregnant, unless you have your doctor’s go signal. There is no further information as to the effects of the plant with regard to pregnancy. The key here is to take extra care, especially for your unborn child.
  • If you are breastfeeding, do not use. Ask your doctor for advice first.
  • Do not use it if you have a weak immune system or are taking medication that could weaken your immunity from contracting various illnesses. The katakataka plant contains immune-modulating or suppressing properties.
  • If you have heart issues or are suffering from certain heart conditions, do not use without consulting your doctor.
  • Excessive use may cause intoxication.

How Safe is Katakataka? 

There is no adequate information as to the safety of Kalanchoe pinnata medicinal uses, especially when ingested. As a safety precaution, we recommend that you seek your doctor’s advice before using it.

Kalanchoe pinnata medicinal uses

Side Effects & Interactions

Herer are some special precautions and warnings in the use of katakataka.

Side Effects:

  • Excessive usage may result in intoxicating reactions.
  • It may contain substances that could cause various allergic reactions.
  • For pregnant and nursing mothers, use with extra caution. Always seek your doctor’s advice before using it.
  • These side effects are not exclusive. If you have other concerns or are currently taking medication, consult your doctor.

    What interactions may I have with Kalanchoe pinnata medicinal uses?

    The katakataka herbal plant may have adverse interaction with your daily medication or current health condition. Before using this herb, consult your doctor first. 

    • If you are currently taking anti-depressant medications, ask your doctor before using it. The katakataka herbal plant has properties that could strengthen CNS depressant medication.
    • It may alter the effects of immunosuppressants.
    • Katakataka and related species of plants contain a substance called bufadienolide, a cardiac glycoside which may cause toxicity if it is ingested in large quantities or overdose. It may have an additive effect with cardioactive drugs like digitoxin and digoxin. Symptoms of overdose include nausea, vomiting, uncoordinated movements (ataxia) and irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias).
    • It may increase the effects of barbiturates.


    The dose in using a katakataka plant varies depending on your health and age, among other considerations. While most herbs may be safe to use, your body’s reactions may be different from other people. It’s always advisable to consult your doctor before using this herbal alternative.

    • For relief of eye styes, heat the katakataka leaf and place it over the affected eye area for 1 minute at least 3 times every day.
    • For headache relief, heat katakataka leaves and place on your forehead for around 10 minutes.
    • To relieve backache or joint pains, heat the leaves and place them on the affected area until the throbbing or aching is alleviated. 
    • In treating sprains, burns and infections, pound fresh katakataka leaves and apply to the affected area.
    • With its antiviral characteristics, Katakataka leaves are sometimes boiled to make a warm drink for those with flu or colds.
    • For sore feet, soak your feet in warm water with katakataka leaves. 

    What Form Does Katakataka Come in?

    The katakataka herbal plant is readily available in its raw form, with the leaves being used most of the time.

    For Kalanchoe pinnata medicinal uses, you can use fresh katakataka leaves for the relief of backaches, headaches, and styes. 

    You can also pound katakataka leaves and apply it as a poultice for infections, burns, eczema, and other skin conditions.

    Key Takeaways

    As with any other herbal medicine, take precautions when using the katakataka plant, especially if you have other underlying health conditions. Get the most out of Kalanchoe pinnata medicinal uses by consulting your doctor before using it.

    Learn more about Herbals & Alternatives here


    Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

    Medically reviewed by

    Stephanie Nera, RPh, PharmD


    Written by Kristel Lagorza · Updated Nov 17, 2022

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