Goa Powder

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What other names is Goa Powder known by?

Andira araroba, Araoba, Bahia Powder, Brazil Powder, Chrysarobine, Chrysatobine, Crude Chrysarobin, Polvo Goa, Poudre d'Araroba, Poudre de Goa, Ringworm Powder, Vataireopsis araroba.

What is Goa Powder?

Goa powder is the dried, powdered rubbery sap (latex) from a Brazilian tree called Andira araroba. People use it as medicine.

Despite safety concerns, goa powder is applied directly to the skin to treat psoriasis and fungal infections.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Psoriasis, when applied to the skin.
  • Fungal infections, when applied to the skin.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of goa powder 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 Goa Powder work?

Goa powder contains chemicals that resemble some prescription medications used for psoriasis.

Are there safety concerns?

Goa powder might be UNSAFE. When used on the skin, it is very irritating and can cause side effects including redness, swelling, and pimples. It can also be absorbed through the skin to cause vomiting, diarrhea, and kidney problems.

Goa powder should not taken by mouth.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of goa powder during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Dosing considerations for Goa Powder.

The appropriate dose of goa powder 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 goa powder. 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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