ASARABACCA Overview Information
Asarabacca is a plant. The root is used to make medicine.
Despite serious safety concerns, asarabacca is used for bronchitis, bronchial spasms, and bronchial asthma. It is also used to treat coughs, pneumonia, chest pain (angina), migraines, liver disease, and dehydration. Some people use it to cause vomiting. Women use it to start their menstrual periods and cause an abortion.
Don’t confuse asarabacca with bitter milkwort or senega. All three are sometimes called snakeroot.
How does it work?
The chemicals in asarabacca may have an effect on the lungs. Other chemicals in asarabacca might cause vomiting.
ASARABACCA Side Effects & Safety
Asarabacca might be safe when taken short-term, as long as it isn’t contaminated with a chemical called aristolochic acid. This chemical can damage the kidney or cause cancer. The problem is, there is no way of telling whether the asarabacca you are using contains this chemical. For this reason, most experts consider asarabacca UNSAFE and advise avoiding it.
Large amount of asarabacca, even if it is free from contamination, may cause nausea, vomiting, burning of the tongue, diarrhea, rash, and paralysis.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It’s UNSAFE to take asarabacca if you are pregnant. It might start your period or cause the uterus to contract. These effects might cause a miscarriage. Avoid use.
It’s also best to avoid using asarabacca if you are breast-feeding. Not enough is known about what effects it might have on a nursing infant.
Stomach or intestinal (gastrointestinal, GI) problems: Asarabacca can irritate the GI tract. Don’t use it if you have ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, or Crohn’s disease.
The appropriate dose of asarabacca 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 asarabacca. 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.