What other names is Colocynth known by?

Alhandal, Bitter Apple, Bitter Cucumber, Citrullus colocynthis, Colocynth Pulp, Colocynthidis Fructus, Colocynthis vulgaris, Coloquinte, Coloquíntida, Concombre Amer, Cucumis colocynthis, Koloquinthen, Pulpe de Coloquinte, Tumba, Vine-of-Sodom, Wild Gourd.

What is Colocynth?

Colocynth is an herb. The ripe fruit is used as a medicine.

Despite serious safety concerns, colocynth is used in combination products for treating constipation, liver, and gallbladder ailments.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Constipation.
  • Liver problems.
  • Gallbladder problems.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of colocynth 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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