Quillaia is a plant. The inner bark is used as medicine.
Some people apply quillaia extract directly to the skin to treat skin sores, athlete’s foot, and itchy scalp. It is sometimes included in shampoos for dandruff, in hair tonic preparations for thinning hair, and in douches for vaginal discharges.
In foods, quillaia is used in frozen dairy desserts, candy, baked goods, gelatins, and puddings. It is also used in beverages and cocktails and as a foaming agent in root beer.
In manufacturing, quillaia extracts are used in skin creams. Quillaia is also used as a foaming agent in fire extinguishers.
In South America, quillaia bark is used to wash clothes.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for…
TAKEN BY MOUTH
- Breathing problems.
- Other conditions.
APPLIED DIRECTLY TO THE AFFECTED AREA
- Skin sores.
- Athlete’s foot.
- Itchy scalp.
- Vaginal discharge.
- Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of quillaia for these uses.
How does Quillaia work?
Quillaia contains high concentrations of tannins. Astringent chemicals, such as tannins, can thin mucous to make it easier to cough up. Quillaia also contains a chemical that may help stimulate the immune system.
Are there safety concerns?
Quillaia seems to be safe when taken in food amounts. But it might be UNSAFE when taken by mouth in medicinal doses. Plants such as quillaia that contain high amounts of tannins can cause stomach and intestinal disturbances, and kidney and liver damage. Quillaia also contains chemicals called oxalates that can lower blood calcium levels and cause kidney stones. Quillaia use can also cause diarrhea, stomach pain, serious breathing problems, convulsions, coma, red blood cell destruction, and kidney failure. Quillaia can also irritate and damage the lining of the mouth, throat, and digestive tract.
It is not known if quillaia is safe when put on the skin or in the vagina. If inhaled, the powder can cause sneezing.
Special Precautions & Warnings:
While quillaia isn’t safe for anyone, some people are at even greater risk for serious side effects. Be especially careful not to take quillaia if you have any of the following conditions:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Quillaia might be UNSAFE for both mother and infant. Avoid use.
Stomach and intestinal (gastrointestinal, GI) problems: Quillaia can irritate the GI tract. Don’t use it if you have a stomach or intestinal disorder. Read More