Corkwood Tree

Other Name(s):

Boacouillo, Boanco, Duboisia myoporoides, Palo Corcho, Pituri.

Overview

Corkwood tree is a plant. People chew the cured and rolled leaves (quids) as medicine.

Despite serous safety concerns, corkwood tree quids are chewed to ward off hunger, pain, and tiredness.

How does it work?

Corkwood tree contains chemicals that might affect the central nervous system. One of the chemicals is similar to a medication used to prevent motion sickness and cause sleepiness. Another chemical is similar to a medication used to dilate the pupil of the eyes and stop spasms.

Uses & Effectiveness

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Hunger.
  • Pain.
  • Tiredness.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of corkwood tree 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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Side Effects

Corkwood tree is UNSAFE when taken by mouth. It can cause death.

Corkwood tree can cause many side effects including dry mouth, decreased perspiration, dilation of pupils, blurred vision, red, dry skin, increased body temperature, increased heart rate, difficulty urinating, hallucinations, spasms, acute psychosis, convulsions, and coma. Overdose poisoning symptoms include sleepiness followed by restlessness, hallucinations, delirium, and manic episodes followed by exhaustion and sleep.

Special Precautions & Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's UNSAFE for anyone, including pregnant or breast-feeding women, to take corkwood tree. It contains poisonous chemicals that can cause death.

Dosing

The appropriate dose of corkwood tree 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 corkwood tree. 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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Reviewed on 6/14/2021
References

The Review of Natural Products by Facts and Comparisons. St. Louis, MO: Wolters Kluwer Co., 1999.

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