- What other names is Tonka Bean known by?
- What is Tonka Bean?
- How does Tonka Bean work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Tonka Bean.
Despite serious safety concerns, people take tonka bean as a tonic; to increase sexual desire (as an aphrodisiac); and to treat cramps, nausea, cough, spasms, tuberculosis, wasting due to chronic disease, swelling caused by a blockage in the lymph system (lymphedema), and a parasitic disease called schistosomiasis.
Some people apply tonka bean directly to the affected area for mouth ulcers, earache, and sore throat.
In manufacturing, coumarin, one of the active constituents of tonka bean, is used as a flavoring and fragrance in various products in food, liquor, tobacco, soap, and cosmetics.
In foods, the seeds are used to make a nutty-flavored beverage.
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- Earache, when applied directly.
- Mouth sores, when applied directly.
- Sore throat, when applied directly.
- Other conditions.
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vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, sleeplessness, and liver problems.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers any food containing tonka bean or tonka bean extract to be impure.
There isn't enough information to know whether it is safe to apply tonka bean directly to the skin.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Tonka bean is UNSAFE. Don't use it if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Liver disease: Coumarin, a chemical in tonka bean, can cause liver damage. This could make existing liver disease worse.
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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