Aceituno, Bitter Damson, Bois Blanc, Dysentery Bark, Mountain Damson, Simarouba, Simaruba amara, Slave Wood, Stave Wood, Sumaroub, Quassia simarouba.
Simaruba is a plant that grows in the Caribbean islands and in the northern parts of South America. The bark is used as medicine.
People take simaruba for diarrhea, dysentery, malaria, water retention (edema), fever, and stomach upset. It is also used as a tonic. Women use it to cause abortion.
How does it work?
Simaruba contains high concentrations of chemicals called tannins. Tannins might help relieve diarrhea.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Water retention (edema).
- Stomach upset.
- Causing an abortion.
- 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 simaruba 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 simaruba. 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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