African Civet, Chat Musqué, Civeta, Civette, Civette d'Afrique, Civette de l’Inde, Civettictis civetta, Grande Civette de l’Inde, Indian Civet, Large Indian Civet, Viverra civetta, Viverra zibetha, Vivérrido, Zibeth.<br/><br/>


Overview Information

“Civet” is the name of a small African mammal. “Civet” is also the name of a liquid taken from the glands of that animal. This liquid is used as medicine.

People take civet for pain relief and as a sedative.

In foods and beverages, civet is used as a flavoring.

In cosmetics and soaps, civet is used as a fixative and fragrance.

How does it work?

There isn't enough information available to know how civet might work as a medicine.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Pain.
  • Promoting relaxation.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of civet for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

Civet is safe for most people when used in the amounts found in foods. But there isn't enough information to know if civet is safe in the larger amounts typically used as medicine.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

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



We currently have no information for CIVET Interactions.



The appropriate dose of civet 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 civet. 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


  • Electronic Code of Federal Regulations. Title 21. Part 182 -- Substances Generally Recognized As Safe. Available at:

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