TONKA BEAN Overview Information
Tonka bean is a tree. The fruit and seed are used to make medicine.
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.
How does it work?
Tonka bean contains ingredients that help improve swelling (inflammation) and water retention.
- Earache, when applied directly.
- Mouth sores, when applied directly.
- Sore throat, when applied directly.
- Other conditions.
TONKA BEAN Side Effects & Safety
Tonka bean is UNSAFE. It can cause side effects such as nausea, 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.
TONKA BEAN Dosing
The appropriate dose of tonka bean 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 tonka bean. 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.