Angostura
Angostura

Background

Angostura is a small tree. It is native to Venezuela and other tropical parts of South America. The bark is used to make medicine.

People use angostura for fever, diarrhea, spasms, preventing the return of malaria, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

In foods, angostura is used in alcoholic beverages. But "angostura bitters," which is sometimes used in mixing alcoholic beverages, no longer contains angostura. It is now made from gentian and other bitters.
When taken by mouth: Angostura extract is LIKELY SAFE for most adults when used in amounts commonly found in foods or drinks. There isn't enough reliable information to know if angostura is safe in medicinal amounts, which are typically larger than the amounts found in foods or drinks. Large doses of angostura might cause nausea and vomiting.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if angostura is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Effectiveness

NatMed Pro rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate.
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  • Fever.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Spasms.
  • Causing vomiting.
  • Emptying the bowels.
  • Preventing return of malaria.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of angostura for these uses.

Dosing & administration

The appropriate dose of angostura 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 angostura. 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.

Interactions with pharmaceuticals

It is not known if Angostura interacts with any medicines. Before taking Angostura, talk with your healthcare professional if you take any medications.

Interactions with herbs & supplements

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

Interactions with foods

There are no known interactions with foods.

Action

Angostura has chemicals that help reduce spasms.
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