Árbol del tabaco, Blåtobak, Blaugrüner Tabak, Gandul, Glaucous Leaf Tobacco, Nicotiana glauca, Tabac arborescent, Tabaco Moro, Tabaco Moruno, Tabaco Negro, Tobacco Bush, Wild Tobacco, Wildetabak.
Tree tobacco is a shrub that grows to be about 5 meters high. It was originally found in Argentina, but now grows worldwide. The leaves of tree tobacco contain a chemical called anabasine. This chemical makes tree tobacco leaves poisonous when taken by mouth.
People apply tree tobacco to the skin for boils, fever, headache, pain, sore throat, and wounds. It has also been used as an insect repellant.
How does it work?
The leaves of tree tobacco contain a chemical called anabasine. Anabasine acts like a stimulant when taken at low doses and like a depressant when taken at high doses. This chemical also makes tree tobacco leaves poisonous when taken by mouth. But when tree tobacco is applied to the skin, it seems to help repel insects.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Sore throat.
- Insect repellant.
- 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).
Tree tobacco is LIKELY UNSAFE when taken by mouth. Tree tobacco contains a chemical called anabasine. This chemical is poisonous. Poisoning might cause the heart to stop beating, brain damage, severe muscle weakness and spasms, severe vomiting, breathing problems, seizures, high blood pressure, and death.
There isn't enough reliable information available about tree tobacco to know if it is safe to apply to the skin.
The appropriate dose of tree tobacco 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 tree tobacco (in children/in adults). 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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