Traditional Treatment for Malaria / Dysentery
Potent Anti-Viral, Anticancer, Antileukemic
Anemia, Liver Spots, Vermifugal, Diarrhea
Summarized Description: Simarouba here refers to both "Simarouba amara" and "Simarouba glauca" as both have the same properties. Also known as Paradise Tree, Simarouba refers to a flowering tree that grows 40 to 50 feet in height and spans 25 to 30 feet. The flowers are usually yellow and the fruit elongated and purple.
Uses & ProtocolsEuropeans found indigenous groups in South America using Simarouba to effectively treat dysentery and malaria in the early 1700's, centuries before the rise of the pharmaceutical industry. It is also used to treat fevers, diarrhea, intestinal worms, anemia, and indigestion. Owning to its strong anti-viral properties, Simarouba has been shown in multiple studies to be effective in vitro against herpes, influenza, polio, and vaccinia viruses. (The field is still in need of well-constructed anti-viral studies, in vivo.)
Taylor reports that the National Cancer Institute performed early cancer screenings in 1976, showing that Simarouba was toxic against cancer cells at very low dosages. What followed were further studies showing this plant's antileukemic action.
Lastly, Simarouba is being used for topical applications for skin depigmentation (i.e. liver spots) and keratinocyte differentiation (protecting against scaly skin.)
Dosage: one capsule, two times a day.
Warnings & ContraindicationsNone reported where taken at normal, therapeutic dosages. In higher than recommended dosages, nausea and vomiting may result. There are no reported drug contraindications.
Shelf-LifeFive years or more.
Medicinal ActivitiesFurther information for practitioners: World-famous botanist Dr. James Duke attributes the following activities to this plant (p. 638-639; see hardcopy cover at right), drawn from the extant literature. (See his graduation for "level of efficacy" on our amazon traditionals page; followed by Duke's bibliographic abbreviations (in capital letters), which we identify on a separate page.)
Duke provides a "food farmacy potential" score for this plant of "FNFF=!."
IndicationsFurther information for practitioners: Duke provides the following indications for this plant:
Recent Studies on Simarouba
Sourced from PubMed
As of Jan. 2017, there were 44 citations covering this botanical. Below we list a few of the more notable:
Simarouba amara and Simarouba glauca are covered separate in Wikipedia.