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Indian Physic

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What other names is Indian Physic known by?

American Ipecacuanha, Bowman's Root, Gillenia, Gillenia trifoliata, Gillénie Trifoliée, India-física, Indian Hippo, Porteranthus trifoliatus, Spiraea trifoliata.

What is Indian Physic?

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.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Digestion problems.
  • Causing vomiting.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Indian physic 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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