Overview

Rauvolfia vomitoria is a shrub found mainly in West Africa. The roots, leaves, and stem are used in medicine.

People use Rauvolfia vomitoria for convulsions, fever, weakness, inability to sleep, mental disorders, pain, arthritis, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, and health of the stomach, intestines, and liver. It is also used to promote sleepiness and vomiting.

Rauvolfia vomitoria is applied to the skin for snake bites, skin infections, and swelling.

It is placed in the rectum for worms in the intestine and for menstrual pains.

In western countries such as the U.S. and Canada, Rauvolfia vomitoria is used in some workoutsupplements. Countries including Canada and others have banned supplements containing Rauvolfia vomitoria extract from the market. This is because some Rauvolfia vomitoria extracts contain high levels of chemicals that are prescription drugs.

How does it work ?

Rauvolfia vomitoria has been used as a traditional medicine in Western Africa. It contains chemicals that lower blood pressure, kill cancer cells and bacteria, and help with brain function. It is not completely clear which chemicals are the most important in Rauvolfia vomitoria or exactly how they might work together.

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