May 29, 2016

German Ipecac

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What other names is German Ipecac known by?

Asclépiade Blanche, Asclepias vincetoxicum, Cynanchum vincetoxicum, Dompte-Venin, Dompte-Venin Officinal, Swallow Wort, Vencetósigo, Vincetoxicum hirundinaria, Vincetoxicum officinale.

What is German Ipecac?

German ipecac is a plant. The leaf, root, and underground stem (rhizome) are used to make medicine.

Despite safety concerns, people take German ipecac for digestion problems, kidney disorders, fluid retention, and snakebite. They also take it to cause vomiting and sweating.

Women take German ipecac to treat painful menstrual periods.

Some people apply German ipecac directly to the skin in a warm compress (poultice) for healing swelling and bruising.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Digestive problems.
  • Kidney problems.
  • Painful menstrual periods.
  • Snakebite.
  • Fluid retention.
  • Swelling and bruising, when applied to the skin.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of German ipecac 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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