August 24, 2016

Precatory Bean

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What other names is Jequirity known by?

Abrus precatorius, Bead Vine, Black-Eyed Susan, Buddhist Rosary Bead, Crab's Eye, Glycine Abrus, Grain D'Église, Gunja, Haricot Paternoster, Herbe du Diable, Indian Bead, Jequirity Bean, Jequirity Seed, Liane Réglisse, Love Bean, Lucky Bean, Ojo De Pajaro, Pois Rouge, Prayer Beads, Prayer Head, Precatory Bean, Regaliz Americano, Réglisse Marron, Rosary Pea, Seminole Bead, Weather Plant, Xian Si Zi.

What is Jequirity?

Jequirity is a climbing plant. The roots, leaves, and beans have been used as medicine. But there is no evidence that jequirity works to treat any condition.

Jequirity root is taken by mouth for asthma, bronchial tube swelling, fever, hepatitis, malaria, seizures, snakebites, sore throat, stomach pain, tapeworms, and to speed up labor.

Jequirity leaves are taken by mouth for fever, cough, common cold, flu, insect bites, and gonorrhea.

Despite serious safety concerns, women use jequirity bean to speed up labor, to cause an abortion, or to prevent pregnancy. Jequirity bean is also used as a painkiller in terminally ill patients.

The whole plant is used for eye swelling.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Quickening labor.
  • Causing an abortion.
  • Preventing pregnancy.
  • Pain in terminally ill patients.
  • Eye inflammation.
  • Asthma.
  • Bronchial tube swelling.
  • Fever.
  • Hepatitis.
  • Malaria.
  • Seizures.
  • Snakebites.
  • Sore throat.
  • Stomach pain.
  • Tapeworms.
  • Coughs.
  • Common cold.
  • Flu.
  • Insect bites.
  • Gonorrhea.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of jequirity 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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