July 24, 2016

Karaya Gum

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What other names is Karaya Gum known by?

Bassora Tragacanth, Goma Karaya, Gomme Karaya, Gomme Kuteera, Gomme Sterculia, Gomme de Sterculia, Indian Tragacanth, Kadaya, Kadira, Katila, Kullo, Mucara, Sterculia, Sterculia Gum, Sterculia tragacantha, Sterculia urens, Sterculia villosa.

What is Karaya Gum?

Karaya gum is a sap-like material taken from a tree that grows in India. People use it to make medicine.

Karaya gum is used as a bulk-forming laxative to relieve constipation. It is also used to increase sexual desire (as an aphrodisiac).

In manufacturing, karaya gum is used as a thickener in medications, cosmetics, and denture adhesives; and as a binder and stabilizer in foods and beverages.

Possibly Effective for...

  • Use as a bulk-forming laxative to treat constipation.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Stimulating sexual desire (aphrodisiac).
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of karaya gum 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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