Aframomum melegueta, Afrika Kakulesi, Alligator Pepper, Amomum melegueta, Graine de Paradis, Graines de Guinée, Grani de Meleguetta, Granos de Guinea, Granos del Paraíso, Guinea Grains, Guinea Pepper, Guineapfeffer, Khayrbûâ, Malagettapfeffer, Melagueta, Malaguette, Malagvet, Maleguetta Pepper, Mallaguetta Pepper, Maniguetta, Maniguette, Maniquette, Melegeti Aframon, Melegueta, Melegueta Pepper, Meleguetapfeffer, Meleguetta Pepper, Méléguette, Paradieskörner, Paradiskorn, Pimienta Melegueta, Plante du Paradis, Poivre de Guinée, Poivre du Paradis, Qâqullah Dhakar, Rajskiye Zyorna, Semence de Paradis, Sha Ren.
Grains of paradise are the fruit and seeds of the Aframomum melegueta plant. They are used as medicine.
Be careful not to confuse grains of paradise with capsicum. Both are known as grains of paradise.
People take grains of paradise as a stimulant.
How does it work?
There isn't enough information to know how grains of paradise might work.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Use as a stimulant.
- 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 grains of paradise 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 grains of paradise. 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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