Andira araroba, Araoba, Bahia Powder, Brazil Powder, Chrysarobine, Chrysatobine, Crude Chrysarobin, Polvo Goa, Poudre d’Araroba, Poudre de Goa, Ringworm Powder, Vataireopsis araroba.
Goa powder is the dried, powdered rubbery sap (latex) from a Brazilian tree called Andira araroba. People use it as medicine.
Despite safety concerns, goa powder is applied directly to the skin to treat psoriasis and fungal infections.
How does it work?
Goa powder contains chemicals that resemble some prescription medications used for psoriasis.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Psoriasis, when applied to the skin.
- Fungal infections, when applied to the skin.
- Other conditions.
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).
The appropriate dose of goa powder 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 goa powder. 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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