- What other names is Andiroba known by?
- What is Andiroba?
- How does Andiroba work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Andiroba.
People take a tea made from andiroba bark and leaf to treat fevers, herpes, and worm infections; and as a tonic. Andiroba fruit oil is taken for coughs.
Some people apply andiroba bark and leaf directly to the skin for sores, ulcers, and skin troubles. It is used on the skin for removing ticks and skin parasites.
The seed oil is used directly on the skin to treat swelling (inflammation), arthritis, rashes, muscle and joint aches and injuries, wounds, boils, and herpes ulcers.
In manufacturing, andiroba is used as a solvent for dissolving and removing dyes from plants, as a lamp oil, and as an insect repellent.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
TAKEN BY MOUTH
- Intestinal worms.
- Other conditions.
- Insect repellent. Early research suggests that applying 100% andiroba oil to the skin protects against mosquito bites, but not as well as applying 50% DEET.
- Skin conditions.
- Removing ticks.
- Skin parasites.
- Muscle and joint aches and injuries.
- Other conditions.
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Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking andiroba if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
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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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011