Overview

Quassia is a plant. The wood and sometimes the leaf are used as medicine.

People use quassia for stomach and intestinal problems, diabetes, lice, skin conditions, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support most uses.

In manufacturing, quassia is used to flavor foods, beverages, lozenges, and laxatives. The bark and wood have been used as an insecticide.

How does it work ?

Quassia contains chemicals that might prevent the parasite that causes malaria from growing and kill the mosquito larvae. These chemicals might also increase stomach acid and bile secretions, perhaps accounting for appetite stimulant and digestive effects.

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