Reviewed on 6/11/2021
Other Name(s):

Kamcela, Kameela, Lotus Sacré, Mallotus, Mallotus philippensis, Rottiera Tinctoria, Spoonwood.


Kamala is a plant. Parts of the fruit are used to make medicine.

People take kamala for getting rid of tapeworms in the intestine.

How does it work?

Kamala contains substances that might get rid of parasitic worms and empty the bowels.


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Uses & Effectiveness

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Tapeworm.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of kamala 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).

Side Effects

There isn't enough information to know if kamala is safe or what the possible side effects might be.


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Special Precautions & Warnings

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

Appendicitis or symptoms of appendicitis such as stomach pain, nausea, and vomiting: Kamala acts like a laxative and could make appendicitis worse.


Digoxin (Lanoxin)Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.Talk with your health provider.

Kamala is a type of laxative called a stimulant laxative. Stimulant laxatives can decrease potassium levels in the body. Low potassium levels can increase the risk of side effects of digoxin (Lanoxin).


The appropriate dose of kamala 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 kamala. 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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