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Overview Information

Grains of paradise are the fruit and seeds of the Aframomum melegueta plant. They are used as medicine.

Be careful not to confuse grains of paradise with capsicum. Both are known as grains of paradise.

People take grains of paradise as a stimulant.

How does it work?

There isn't enough information to know how grains of paradise might work.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Use as a stimulant.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of grains of paradise for this use.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

Grains of paradise might be safe for most adults. However, they can cause irritation of the stomach, intestine, and urinary system.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of grains of paradise during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.



We currently have no information for GRAINS OF PARADISE Interactions.



The appropriate dose of grains of paradise 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 grains of paradise. 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


  • Ilic N, Schmidt BM, Poulev A, Raskin I. Toxicological evaluation of Grains of Paradise (Aframomum melegueta) [Roscoe] K. Shum. J Ethnopharmacol 2010;127:352-6. View abstract.
  • Reid D. A handbook of Chinese healing herbs. Boston, MA:Shambhala, 1995.

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