Bulbine latifolia, Ibhucu, Ingcelwane, Rooiwortel.


Overview Information

Bulbine natalensis is a succulent plant that grows in parts of South Africa. The root, leaf, and stem are used as medicine.

Bulbine natalensis stem is taken by mouth to boost testosterone, increase muscle mass, to increase sexual stamina, as an aphrodisiac, and to improve fertility. The root is taken by mouth for vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, diabetes, and arthritis.

Bulbine natalensis leaf sap is applied to the skin for burns, rashes, itching, ringworm, cracked lips, and other skin wounds.

How does it work?

Bulbine natalensis seems to increase testosterone and other hormones. This might improve sexual function and fertility in men. It might also increase muscle mass when used with resistance training.

Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Sexual arousal.
  • Increasing muscle mass.
  • Increasing fertility.
  • Vomiting.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Seizures.
  • Diabetes.
  • Arthritis.
  • Skin wounds.
  • Other conditions.
Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

There isn't enough information to know if Bulbine natalensis is safe.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Bulbine natalensis is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when used during pregnancy. It might be toxic to the embryo or fetus. Not enough is known about the use of Bulbine natalensis during breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Heart disease: Bulbine natalensis might make heart conditions worse.

High cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia): Bulbine natalensis might increase levels of cholesterol and other blood fats. This might worsen high cholesterol.

Surgery: Bulbine natalensis might slow blood clotting. There is concern that it might increase the risk of bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using Bulbine natalensis at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.



We currently have no information for BULBINE NATALENSIS Interactions.



The appropriate dose of Bulbine natalensis 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 Bulbine natalensis. 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.

View References


  • Yakubu MT, Mostafa M, Ashafa AO, Afolayan AJ. Antimicrobial activity of the solvent fractions from Bulbine natalensis Tuber. Afr J Tradit Complement Altern Med. 2012;9(4):459-64. View abstract.
  • Afolayan AJ, Yakubu MT. Effect of Bulbine natalensis Baker Stem Extract on the Functional Indices and Histology of the Liver and Kidney of Male Wistar Rats. J Med Food. 2009;12(4):814-820. View abstract.
  • Coopoosamy RM. Traditional information and antibacterial activity of four Bulbine species (Wolf). African J Biotechnol. 2011;10(2):220-224.
  • Mbambo B, Odhav B, Mohanlall V. Antifungal activity of stigmasterol, sitosterol, and ergosterol from Bulbine natalensis Baker (Asphodelaceae). J Med Plants Res. 2012;6(38):5135-5141.
  • Mosa RA, Lazarus GG, Gwala PE, Oyedeji AO, Opoku AR. In Vitro Anti-platelet Aggregation, Antioxidant and Cytotoxic Activity of Extracts of Some Zulu Medicinal Plants. J Nat Prod. 2011;4(2011):136-146.
  • Okem A, Southway C, Stirk WA, et al. Heavy metal contamination in South African medicinal plants: A cause for concern. South African J Bot. 2014;93(2014):125-130.
  • Yakubu MT, Afolayan AJ. Anabolic and androgenic activities of Bulbine natalensis stem in male Wistar rats. Pharm Biol. 2010;48(5):568-76. View abstract.
  • Yakubu MT, Afolayan AJ. Effect of aqueous extract of Bulbine natalensis (Baker) stem on the sexual behaviour of male rats. Int J Androl. 2009;32(6):629-36. View abstract.
  • Yakubu MT, Afolayan AJ. Effect of aqueous extract of Bulbine natalensis Baker stem on haematological and serum lipid profile of male Wistar rats. Indian J Exp Biol. 2009;47(4):283-8. View abstract.
  • Yakubu MT, Afolayan AJ. Reproductive toxicologic evaluations of Bulbine natalensis Baker stem extract in albino rats. Theriogenology. 2009;72(3):322-32. View abstract.

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