Parts Used & Where Grown
The dried outer peel of the fruit of bitter orange, with the white pulp layer removed, is used medicinally. The leaves are also commonly used in many folk traditions. The bitter orange tree is indigenous to eastern Africa, Arabia, and Syria, and cultivated in Spain, Italy, and North America.
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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:
Indigestion, Heartburn, and Low Stomach Acidity
|3 cups of tea daily, prepared with 1 to 2 grams of dried peel||[2 stars] Bitter orange has traditionally been used as a digestive aid.|
|Refer to label instructions||[1 star] Bitter orange has a history of use as a calming agent and to counteract insomnia.|
|Refer to label instructions||[1 star] Bitter orange contains synephrine, which might promote weight loss.|
Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)
Bitter orange is used similarly in a wide variety of traditions. In Mexico and South America the leaf is used as a tonic, as a laxative, as a sedative for insomnia, and to calm frazzled nerves.1, 2 The peel of the fruit is used for stomach aches and high blood pressure.3, 4 The Basque people in Europe use the leaves for stomach aches, insomnia, and palpitations and the bitter orange peel as an anti-spasmodic.5 In traditional Chinese medicine, the peel of the immature fruit is used for indigestion, abdominal pain, constipation, and dysenteric diarrhea. Where the patient is weak, the milder, mature fruit is used similarly.6 Bitter orange continues to be widely used for insomnia and indigestion in many parts of the world.7
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