Tylophora

Also indexed as:Indian Ipecac, Tylophora asthmatica, Tylophora indica
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Common names:
Indian Ipecac
Botanical names:
Tylophora asthmatica, Tylophora indica

Parts Used & Where Grown

Tylophora is a perennial climbing plant native to the plains, forests, and hills of southern and eastern India. The portions of the plant used medicinally are the leaves and root.1

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Asthma
150 to 400 mg daily of powdered leaf 2 stars[2 stars]
Tylophora has been shown to benefit people with asthma in a variety of ways, including relieving asthma symptoms, increasing the lungs’ capacity for oxygen, and reducing nighttime shortness of breath.
Diarrhea
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Tylophora has been used traditionally in the Ayurvedic system for diarrhea due to its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial actions.
Hay Fever
Spray a lotion containing 3.7% citronella in a slow-release formula every morning for six days per week1 star[1 star]
Tylophora contains compounds that have been reported to interfere with the action of mast cells, which contribute to itchy eyes, runny nose, and chest tightness.

Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)

This plant has been traditionally used as a folk remedy in certain regions of India for the treatment of bronchial asthma, bronchitis, rheumatism, and dermatitis. In the latter half of the 19th century, it was called Indian ipecacuahna, as the roots of the plant have often been employed as an effective substitute for ipecac. The use to induce vomiting led to tylophora’s inclusion in the Bengal Pharmacopoeia of 1884.2

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