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Iboga

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What other names is Iboga known by?

Bois Sacré, Eboka, Tabernanthe iboga.

What is Iboga?

Iboga is a shrub. It is used for ritual and ceremonial purposes in some African cultures. The root bark of the plant is also used as medicine. Ibogaine is a chemical in iboga which is illegal in the United States.

People take iboga for fever, influenza (the flu), swine flu, high blood pressure, drug abuse, HIV/AIDS, and nerve disorders. They also take it for preventing fatigue and drowsiness, for increasing sex drive, for fighting substance abuse and addictions, and as a general tonic.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Drug abuse. Early evidence suggests that ibogaine, a chemical in iboga, can help increase abstinence and relieve withdrawal symptoms in people abusing drugs such as heroin, codeine, cocaine and other substances such as alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana. However the existing research is flawed and unreliable.
  • Addictions.
  • Fever.
  • Flu.
  • HIV/AIDS.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Nerve disorders.
  • Preventing fatigue and drowsiness.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of iboga 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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