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Chaulmoogra

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What other names is Chaulmoogra known by?

Chaulmugra, Da Feng Zi, Hydnocarp, Hydnocarpus, Hydnocarpus anthelminthicus, Hydnocarpus kurzii, Gynocardia Oil, Oleum Chaulmoograe, Taraktogenos kurzii.

What is Chaulmoogra?

Chaulmoogra is an herb. People use the seed to make medicine.

Despite serious safety concerns, people put chaulmoogra powder, oil, emulsion, or ointment on the skin to treat skin problems including psoriasis and eczema.

Chaulmoogra is given intravenously (by IV) for leprosy. This is not surprising since the first drugs used for treating leprosy used chemicals found in chaulmoogra seeds.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Psoriasis, when applied to the skin.
  • Eczema, when applied to the skin.
  • Other skin disorders, when applied to the skin.
  • Leprosy, when given intravenously.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of chaulmoogra 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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