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What other names is Salacia known by?

Chundan, Kathala Hibutu Tea, Ponkoranti, SO, S. oblonga, Salacia oblonga, Salacia reticulata.

What is Salacia?

Salacia is an herb that is native to India and Sri Lanka. The root and stem are used to make medicine.

Salacia has a long history of use as a treatment for diabetes in Ayurveda, traditional Indian medicine. Mugs made from salacia wood are used by people with diabetes to drink water.

In addition to treating diabetes, salacia is used for treating gonorrhea, asthma, itchiness, joint pain (rheumatism), obesity, thirst, and menstrual problems.

Possibly Effective for...

  • Diabetes. Early research suggests that consuming salacia tea with each meal might lower hemoglobin A1C (HbA1C) levels in people with type 2 diabetes. HbA1C is a measure of blood sugar control. A single dose of salacia, in combination with a meal, also seems to reduce after-meal insulin levels and reduce after-meal blood sugar in healthy volunteers and in people with type 2 diabetes. These reductions indicate better blood sugar control. Other early research suggests that taking salacia with food for 6 weeks seems to reduce pre-meal blood sugar and HbA1C levels in patients with type 2 diabetes.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Itching skin.
  • Gonorrhea.
  • Joint problems.
  • Asthma.
  • Losing weight.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of salacia 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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