Taumelloolch is believed to be the tares of the biblical parable of the wheat and the tares (4502). Some information suggests that an ergot component extracted from the grass and seeds of taumelloolch is used by a mystic cult to induce religious ecstasy (4502).

People use this for...

Orally, taumelloolch is used for blood poisoning, cancer, cysts, dizziness, eczema, hemorrhage, idiocy, indurations, "knots", leprosy, gangrene, migraine, headache, nerve pain, nose bleeds, putrid flesh, sleeplessness, stomach cramps, involuntary dyskinetic movements, neuralgia, rheumatism, and sciatica, toothache, tumors, meningitis, urinary incontinence, and colic.
Topically, taumelloolch is used as a poultice for skin diseases, to draw out splinters, and for broken bones.

Likely Unsafe ...when used orally. Symptoms of toxicity range from confusion and giddiness to weakness and death from respiratory failure (18,4502). There is insufficient reliable information available about the safety of the topical use of taumelloolch.

Likely Unsafe ...when used orally (18,4502); avoid using.

There is insufficient reliable information available about the effectiveness of taumelloolch.

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Dosing & administration

    Adverse effects

    General: Symptoms of taumelloolch toxicity include colic, confusion, giddiness, weakness, dizziness, dilated pupils, headache, confusion, staggering, somnolence, trembling, vision and speech disorders, vomiting, delirium, and death from respiratory failure (18,4502).

    Interactions with pharmaceuticals

    None known.

    Interactions with herbs & supplements

    None known.

    Interactions with foods

    None known.

    Interactions with lab tests

    None known.

    Interactions with diseases

    None known.

    Mechanism of action

    The applicable part of taumelloolch is the seed. The active agents of taumelloolch are temulentin, temultin acid, tannin, and glycoside (18). It has analgesic and narcotic properties, as well as toxicity (4502). Poisoning has been reported from ingestion of the grain, the berries mixed with grains, and the seed infected with a bacterial toxin (18,4502). To date, the toxic principle has not been identified (18,4502). No cases of poisonings have been reported in recent times, although the plant has become extremely rare through intensive seed-corn purification (18).


    18Gruenwald J, Brendler T, Jaenicke C. PDR for Herbal Medicines. 1st ed. Montvale, NJ: Medical Economics Company, Inc., 1998.
    4502Duke JA. CRC handbook of medicinal herbs. 1st ed. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, LLC, 1985.
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