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What other names is Iporuru known by?

Alchornea castaneifolia, Iporoni, Iporuro, Ipurosa, Macochihua, Niando.

What is Iporuru?

Iporuru is a plant. The bark, leaves, and root are used to make medicine.

People take iporuru for painful conditions including joint and muscle pain (rheumatism), headache, and toothache. Women take it for painful or abnormal menstrual periods.

Some people take iporuru to treat coughs and swollen airways (bronchitis) or to stimulate digestion and treat diarrhea. Other uses include treatment of thrush and ringworm, which are fungal infections; malaria, a parasitic infection; and leprosy, a bacterial infection.

Men take iporuru for erectile dysfunction (ED, impotence).

Iporuru is also used for lowering blood sugar levels in people with diabetes; and for treating snakebite, chills, redness and swelling of the eye (conjunctivitis), gonorrhea, chancre sores, hemorrhoids, yellowed skin (jaundice), and water retention. It is also used for causing vomiting. Some people use it to increase sexual desire (as an aphrodisiac). Iporuru is sometimes applied directly to the skin for arthritis, colds, rheumatism, and stingray wounds.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Coughs.
  • Problems with erections (ED, impotence).
  • Diabetes.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Headache.
  • Toothache.
  • Snakebite.
  • Swollen airways (bronchitis).
  • Chancre sores.
  • Chills.
  • Eye redness and swelling (conjunctivitis).
  • Severe diarrhea (dysentery).
  • Painful or abnormal menstrual periods.
  • Arthritis, when applied to the skin.
  • Joint and muscle pain (rheumatism), when taken by mouth or applied to the skin.
  • Causing vomiting.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of iporuru 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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