Jalap

What other names is Jalap known by?

Convolvulus purga, Exogonium purga, Indian Jalap, Ipoméep, Ipomoea purga, Jalap des Indes, Jalap Officinal, Jalap Vrai, Jalapa, Jalape, Mechoacán.

What is Jalap?

Jalap (Ipomoea purga) is a plant. Don't confuse it with pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) or Mexican scammony root (Ipomoea orizabensis), also known as jalap.

People use the root of jalap to make medicine. Despite serious safety concerns, this medicine is used to empty and cleanse the bowels (as a cathartic or purgative), and to increase urine flow to relieve water retention (as a diuretic).

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Emptying and cleansing the bowels (cathartic, purgative).
  • Increasing the body's loss of water by increasing urine production (diuretic).
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of jalap 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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