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Overview Information

Jequirity is a climbing plant. The roots, leaves, and beans have been used as medicine.

Despite serious safety concerns, some people take jequirity by mouth for asthma, constipation, liver disease, infections, and other conditions. Some women use jequirity bean to speed up labor, cause an abortion, or prevent pregnancy. But there is no good scientific evidence that jequirity works to treat any of these or other conditions.

How does it work?

The jequirity plant contains many chemicals. Some chemicals in the leaves and root may help with allergy symptoms, improve blood sugar levels, slow blood clotting, reduce swelling, and kill bacteria, tapeworms, or cancer cells. Jequirity bean contains abrin, which is toxic to cells in the body.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of jequirity for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

Jequirity is LIKELY UNSAFE when taken by mouth. Jequirity contains a chemical called abrin. Abrin is a poison and can cause death, even at low doses. Symptoms of toxicity include stomach cramping, followed by vomiting and severe diarrhea that can become bloody. Other symptoms include seizures, weakness, a fast heart rate, and liver or kidney failure. Symptoms can happen within hours or appear up to several days later. Death can occur after 3-4 days of persistent stomach problems and other symptoms.

When seeds come in contact with the skin, they can cause swelling, irritation, and severe eye problems.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

While jequirity bean isn't safe for anyone to take, some people should be particularly careful to avoid use.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Jequirity is LIKELY UNSAFE when taken by mouth during pregnancy or breast-feeding. Jequirity contains a chemical called abrin, which is a poison. Also, jequirity might cause labor to start. Avoid use.

Children: Jequirity is UNSAFE in children. Children are attracted to the bright colors of the seed, which is unfortunate since children are particularly sensitive to the toxic effects of jequirity bean. Children can die after swallowing just one seed. If exposure to jequirity bean is suspected, get immediate medical assistance.

Bleeding disorder; Jequirity might slow blood clotting. In theory, this might make bleeding disorders worse.

Diabetes: Jequirity might lower blood sugar. Watch for signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and monitor your blood sugar carefully if you have diabetes and use jequirity.

Surgery: Jequirity might slow blood clotting or lower blood sugar. In theory, jequirity might increase the risk of bleeding and interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgical procedures. Stop using jequirity at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.



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The appropriate dose of jequirity 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 jequirity. 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.

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