Common Name: Ipecac. Carapichea ipecacuanha. Fruits and leaves. Photograph by: Kurt Stüber Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike Descriptions and articles about the Ipecac, scientifically known as Carapichea ipecacuanha in the Encyclopedia of Life. Includes Molecular Biology and Geneti.. . Carapichea ipecacuanha — Overview. Ipecac learn more about names for this taxon Explore what EOL knows about Carapichea ipecacuanha.
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Ipecac, Carapichea ipecacuanha, is a small flowering shrub that only grows up about 50 cm tall. Mainly a medicinal plant, its roots are used against many ailments such as coughs, fever, amoebic dysentery, and bronchitis. However, when consumed in ipecacuanua amounts, severe vomiting and diarrhoea will be experienced. Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants.
Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally. The roots of ipecac contain a number of medically active constituents including isoquinoline alkaloids, tannins and glycosides[ ]. They have a violently irritant action, stimulating the gastric and bronchial systems, lowering fevers and preventing cyst formation in amoebic dysentery[ ].
The roots are used internally in the treatment of coughs, bronchitis, whooping ipecacuanah and amoebic dysentery. One of the surest of emetics, even moderate doses will induce vomiting until the contents of the stomach have been voided making it especially useful in the treatment of drug overdoses[ ]. It is used in a syrup to induce vomiting in children who have ingested toxins[ ].
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Smaller doses are strongly expectorant and it is a common ingredient in patent cough medicines[ ]. The plant needs to be used with caution since excess causes severe vomiting and diarrhoea[ ]. The roots are harvested, usually when about 3 years old and the ipecaacuanha are in flower, and are dried for later use. The plants are replanted after partial removal of the roots[ ].
The plant is used in homeopathy in the ipecacuahha of nausea[ ].
Prefers a minimum temperature in the range of 15 – 18? Prefers a well-drained humus-rich soil and a shady position[ ]. Plants need ample moisture and humidity if they are to thrive[ ]. Plants For A Future have a number of books available in paperback and digital form. Our new book to be released soon is Edible Shrubs.
Seed – Greenwood cuttings in a sandy compost[ ]. Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. This taxon has not yet been assessed. For a list of references used on this page please go here A special thanks to Ken Fern for some of the information used on this page. This is a QR code short for Quick Response which gives fast-track access to our website pages.
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Habitats Carapichex understory shrub of rainforests[ ]. You can translate the content of this page by selecting a language in the select box. Carapichea ipecacuanha is an evergreen Shrub growing to 0.
It is hardy to zone UK It can grow in full shade deep woodland or semi-shade light woodland. It prefers moist soil.
QR Code What’s this? Some information cannot be used for commercial reasons or be modified but some can. Please view the copyright link for more information. The plant can be toxic in doses larger than recommended for medicinal use[ ]. An understory shrub of rainforests[ ].