Overview

Tung seed is the seed of the fruit produced by the tung tree (Aleurites moluccanus). The seed, seed oil, and kernel have sometimes been used as medicine.

While tung seeds resemble walnuts in appearance, tung seeds are extremely poisonous, even deadly, if they are eaten raw. Tung seed contains various substances that might stimulate the bowels and cause sweating. It also contains toxic chemicals, such as cyanide.

People use tung seed for asthma and constipation and to encourage hair growth, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses. Using tung seed can also be unsafe.

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