Quebracho

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What other names is Quebracho known by?

Aspidosperma quebracho-blanco, Quebracho Blanc, Quebracho Blanco, White Quebracho.

What is Quebracho?

Quebracho is a plant. The bark is used as medicine.

Be careful not to confuse quebracho blanco (white quebracho) with quebracho colorado (red quebracho). Both are known as quebracho, but they contain different chemicals. This information pertains to white quebracho.

People take quebracho for asthma and conditions of the lower respiratory tract. They also take it to loosen chest congestion and as a respiratory tract stimulant.

Sometimes quebracho is used to treat high blood pressure, spasms, fluid retention, fever, and pain. It is also used to increase sex drive.

In foods and beverages, quebracho is used as a flavoring.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of quebracho 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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How does Quebracho work?

There isn't enough information to know how quebracho might work.

Are there safety concerns?

Quebracho is safe in food amounts. But there isn't enough information to know if quebracho is safe in medicinal amounts. It can cause some side effects including drooling, headache, sweating, dizziness, stupor, and sleepiness. In large doses, it can cause nausea and vomiting.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Quebracho is safe in food amounts, but there's not enough information to know if it's safe in the larger amounts that are used as medicine. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, stick with food amounts until more is known.

Dosing considerations for Quebracho.

The appropriate dose of quebracho 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 quebracho. 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.

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Reviewed on 3/29/2011 12:35:40 PM

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