Colocynth

How does Colocynth work?

Colocynth contains the chemical cucurbitacin, which is extremely irritating to the mucous membranes, including the mucous membranes in the stomach and intestines.

Are there safety concerns?

Colocynth is UNSAFE for use. It was banned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1991.

Taking even very small amounts of colocynth can cause severe irritation of the stomach and intestine lining, bloody diarrhea, kidney damage, bloody urine, and inability to urinate. Other side effects include convulsions, paralysis, and death. There have been reports of death following ingestion of just 1-1/2 teaspoons of the powder.

In case of poisoning, a dilute tannic acid solution should be taken, followed by large quantities of drinks that contain eggs (albuminous drinks).

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Colocynth is UNSAFE. Don't take it.


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