May 25, 2016

Angostura

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What other names is Angostura known by?

Angustura, Angusture, Angusture Vraie, Angostura trifoliata, Bonplandia trifoliata, Carony Bark, Chuspa, Cusparia, Cusparia Bark, Cusparia febrifuga, Cusparia trifoliata, Galipea officinalis, True Angostura.

What is Angostura?

Angostura is a plant. The bark is used to make medicine.

People take angostura for treating fever, diarrhea, and spasms; and for preventing the return of malaria. Large doses of angostura are used to empty the bowels and cause vomiting.

In foods, angostura is used in alcoholic beverages. However, "angostura bitters" which is sometimes used in mixing alcoholic beverages, no longer contains angostura. It is now made from gentian and other bitters.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Fever.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Spasms.
  • Causing vomiting.
  • Emptying the bowels.
  • Preventing return of malaria.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of angostura for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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