American Ipecacuanha, Bowman's Root, Gillenia, Gillenia trifoliata, Gillénie Trifoliée, India-física, Indian Hippo, Porteranthus trifoliatus, Spiraea trifoliata.
Indian physic is a plant. The dried root and root bark are used to make medicine.
Be careful not to confuse Indian physic (Gillenia trifoliata) with Canadian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum), since both are known as Indian physic. Also be careful not to confuse Indian physic (Gillenia trifoliata) with black root (Leptandra virginica), since both are known as bowman's root.
People take Indian physic to treat digestion problems and to cause vomiting.
How does it work?
There isn't enough information to know how Indian physic might work.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Digestion problems.
- Causing vomiting.
- 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 Indian physic 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 Indian physic. 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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