Overview

Colocynth is an herb. The ripe fruit and seed are used as a medicine.

Despite serious safety concerns, colocynth is used for diabetes, high cholesterol and blood fats called triglycerides, constipation, and tuberculosis. It is also used in combination products for treating liver and gallbladder ailments.

Colocynth is used on the skin for nerve pain in people with diabetes.

The seeds of colocynth fruit are used in bread.

How does it work ?

Colocynth contains chemicals called cucurbitacins. These chemicals are extremely irritating to mucous membranes, including those in the stomach and intestines.

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