Broom Corn

Reviewed on 6/11/2021
Other Name(s):

Andropogon sorghum, Blé de Guinée, Darri, Durri, Guinea Corn, Holcus bicolor, Milium nigricans, Millet, Panicum caffrorum, Sorgho, Sorgho à Balais, Sorgho Commun, Sorgho à Graine, Sorgho Vulgaire, Sorghum, Sorghum bicolor, Sorghum vulgare, Sorgo.


Broom corn is a plant. The seed is used to make medicine.

People use broom corn to treat digestion problems.

In foods, broom corn is used as a cereal grain.

How does it work?

Broom corn seems to have a soothing effect on the digestive system.


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Uses & Effectiveness

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Digestion problems.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of broom corn 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).

Side Effects

Broom corn is LIKELY SAFE when eaten in food amounts. However, it is not known if broom corn is safe in amounts greater than that found in foods or what the possible side effects might be.


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Special Precautions & Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking broom corn if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.


The appropriate dose of broom corn depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for broom corn. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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