Despite serious safety concerns, jaborandi is used to treat diarrhea and to cause sweating.
Some people also put it in the eye to treat glaucoma.
It's important to understand the difference between jaborandi and pilocarpine. Jaborandi itself is rarely used as a medicinal herb, but it is used in the production of pilocarpine, an FDA-approved prescription medication. Pilocarpine eye drops are used for treating glaucoma. Pilocarpine tablets are used for treating dry mouth due to radiation treatment or dry mouth and dry eyes due to a condition called Sjogren's syndrome.
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