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Angostura

What other names is Angostura known by?

Angustura, Angusture, Angusture Vraie, Angostura trifoliata, Bonplandia trifoliata, Carony Bark, Chuspa, Cusparia, Cusparia Bark, Cusparia febrifuga, Cusparia trifoliata, Galipea officinalis, True Angostura.

What is Angostura?

Angostura is a plant. The bark is used to make medicine.

People take angostura for treating fever, diarrhea, and spasms; and for preventing the return of malaria. Large doses of angostura are used to empty the bowels and cause vomiting.

In foods, angostura is used in alcoholic beverages. However, “angostura bitters” which is sometimes used in mixing alcoholic beverages, no longer contains angostura. It is now made from gentian and other bitters.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Fever.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Spasms.
  • Causing vomiting.
  • Emptying the bowels.
  • Preventing return of malaria.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of angostura for these uses.

How does Angostura work?

Angostura has chemicals that help reduce spasms.

Are there safety concerns?

Angostura extract is LIKELY SAFE for most adults when used in amounts commonly found in foods or drinks. There isn't enough information to know if angostura is safe in medicinal amounts, which are typically larger than the amounts found in foods or drinks. Large doses of angostura might cause nausea and vomiting.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking angostura if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Dosing considerations for Angostura.

The appropriate dose of angostura 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 angostura. 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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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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References

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Jacquemond-Collet, I., Benoit-Vical, F., Valentin, A., Stanislas, E., Mallie, M., and Fouraste, I. Antiplasmodial and cytotoxic activity of galipinine and other tetrahydroquinolines from Galipea officinalis. Planta Med 2002;68(1):68-69. View abstract.

Jacquemond-Collet, I., Bessiere, J. M., Hannedouche, S., Bertrand, C., Fouraste, I., and Moulis, C. Identification of the alkaloids of Galipea officinalis by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Phytochem.Anal. 2001;12(5):312-319. View abstract.

Jacquemond-Collet, I., Hannedouche, S., Fouraste, I., and Moulis, C. Novel quinoline alkaloid from trunk bark of Galipea officinalis. Fitoterapia 2000;71(5):605-606. View abstract.

Rakotoson, J. H., Fabre, N., Jacquemond-Collet, I., Hannedouche, S., Fouraste, I., and Moulis, C. Alkaloids from Galipea officinalis. Planta Med. 1998;64(8):762-763. View abstract.

Electronic Code of Federal Regulations. Title 21. Part 182 -- Substances Generally Recognized As Safe. Available at: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?CFRPart=182

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