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Simaruba

What other names is Simaruba known by?

Aceituno, Bitter Damson, Bois Blanc, Dysentery Bark, Mountain Damson, Simarouba, Simaruba amara, Slave Wood, Stave Wood, Sumaroub, Quassia simarouba.

What is Simaruba?

Simaruba is a plant that grows in the Caribbean islands and in the northern parts of South America. The bark is used as medicine.

People take simaruba for diarrhea, dysentery, malaria, water retention (edema), fever, and stomach upset. It is also used as a tonic. Women use it to cause abortion.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Diarrhea.
  • Malaria.
  • Water retention (edema).
  • Fever.
  • Stomach upset.
  • Causing an abortion.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of simaruba for these uses.

How does Simaruba work?

Simaruba contains high concentrations of chemicals called tannins. Tannins might help relieve diarrhea.

Are there safety concerns?

It is not known if simaruba is safe. It can cause vomiting when used in large amounts.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's UNSAFE to use simaruba if you are pregnant. It might cause an abortion.

Dosing considerations for Simaruba.

The appropriate dose of simaruba 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 simaruba. 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.

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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Reviewed on 9/17/2019
References

Hocking GM. A dictionary of natural products. 2nd ed. Medford, OR: Plexus Publishing, 1997.

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