July 1, 2016

Phellodendron

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What other names is Phellodendron known by?

Amur Cork Bark, Amur Cork Tree, Amur Corktree, Arbre à Liège de l'Amour, Arbre au Liège de l'Amour, Arbre de Liège de Chine, Corktree, Cortex Phellodendri, Huang Bai, Huang Bo, Phellodendri Cortex, Phellodendron amurense, Phellodendron de l'Amour.

What is Phellodendron?

Phellodendron is a plant. The bark is used to make medicine. Be careful not to confuse phellodendron with the houseplant called philodendron. The names are similar but the plants are unrelated.

Phellodendron is used for osteoarthritis, weight loss and obesity, diarrhea, ulcers in the stomach or upper part of the small intestine (peptic ulcers), diabetes, meningitis, pneumonia, eye infections, tuberculosis, and cirrhosis of the liver.

Some people apply phellodendron to the skin for psoriasis, to kill germs, and to reduce redness and swelling.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Weight loss. Some research suggests that overweight women who take a specific product containing a combination of extracts of phellodendron plus magnolia (Relora, Next Pharmaceuticals) for 6 weeks have less weight gain than other women who did not receive the product. Women taking this product also seem to eat fewer calories than the control group. One possible explanation is that this product reduced stress and stress-related eating. But that theory doesn't stand up, because so far there is no evidence that this product reduces the stress hormone called cortisol.
  • Psoriasis. There is a report that an ointment containing phellodendron plus isatis and Baikal skullcap improved psoriasis in an 8-year-old boy with psoriasis that responded poorly to other treatments.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Ulcers.
  • Osteoarthritis.
  • Obesity.
  • Diabetes.
  • Meningitis.
  • Pneumonia.
  • Eye infections.
  • Tuberculosis.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of phellodendron 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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