Chintul, Cyperus, Cyperus articulatus, Cyperus corymbosus, Guinea Rush, Jointed Flat Sedge, Piripiri, Souchet Articulé.


Overview Information

Adrue is a grass-like plant that is native to Turkey, Jamaica, and the Nile River region. It has a bitter taste and smells a little like lavender. The root is used to make medicine.

Adrue is used as a sedative, for river blindness, and for vomiting and digestion problems including nausea, colic, and gas, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

How does it work?

Adrue seems to act like a sedative on the brain and nervous system.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Vomiting.
  • Nausea.
  • Colic.
  • Gas.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of adrue for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: There isn't enough reliable information to know if adrue is safe or what the side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if it is safe to use adrue when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Surgery: Adrue might slow down the central nervous system. There is a concern that it might slow down the nervous system too much when combined with anesthesia and other medications used during and after surgery. Stop using adrue at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.



We currently have no information for ADRUE Interactions.



The appropriate dose of adrue 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 adrue. 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


  • Bum, E. N., Lingenhoehl, K., Rakotonirina, A., Olpe, H. R., Schmutz, M., and Rakotonirina, S. Ions and amino acid analysis of Cyperus articulatus L. (Cyperaceae) extracts and the effects of the latter on oocytes expressing some receptors. J Ethnopharmacol. 2004;95(2-3):303-309. View abstract.
  • Bum, E. N., Meier, C. L., Urwyler, S., Wang, Y., and Herrling, P. L. Extracts from rhizomes of Cyperus articulatus (Cyperaceae) displace [3H]CGP39653 and [3H]glycine binding from cortical membranes and selectively inhibit NMDA receptor-mediated neurotransmission. J Ethnopharmacol. 1996;54(2-3):103-111. View abstract.
  • Bum, E. N., Schmutz, M., Meyer, C., Rakotonirina, A., Bopelet, M., Portet, C., Jeker, A., Rakotonirina, S. V., Olpe, H. R., and Herrling, P. Anticonvulsant properties of the methanolic extract of Cyperus articulatus (Cyperaceae). J Ethnopharmacol. 2001;76(2):145-150. View abstract.
  • Duarte, M. C., Figueira, G. M., Sartoratto, A., Rehder, V. L., and Delarmelina, C. Anti-Candida activity of Brazilian medicinal plants. J Ethnopharmacol 2-28-2005;97(2):305-311. View abstract.
  • Mongelli, E., Desmarchelier, C., Coussio, J., and Ciccia, G. [Antimicrobial activity and interaction with DNA of medicinal plants from the Peruvian Amazon region]. Rev Argent Microbiol. 1995;27(4):199-203. View abstract.
  • Ngo, Bum E., Rakotonirina, A., Rakotonirina, S. V., and Herrling, P. Effects of Cyperus articulatus compared to effects of anticonvulsant compounds on the cortical wedge. J Ethnopharmacol. 2003;87(1):27-34. View abstract.
  • Rakotonirina, V. S., Bum, E. N., Rakotonirina, A., and Bopelet, M. Sedative properties of the decoction of the rhizome of Cyperus articulatus. Fitoterapia 2001;72(1):22-29. View abstract.
  • Metuge JA, Nyongbela KD, Mbah JA, et al Anti-Onchocerca activity and phytochemical analysis of an essential oil from Cyperus articulatus L. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2014 Jul 7;14:223. View abstract.

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