Condurango. Gonolobus condurango.

Botanical name: 

Synonyms—Condurango (Cundur-angu, vine of Condor).


Extractum Condurangonis Fluidum, Fluid Extract Condurango, not miscible with water without precipitation. Dose, one-half to one fluid dram.

Therapy—The influence of the agent is exercised directly upon the stomach as a tonic and corrective of perverted action. It is of service in gastric ulcer and in the early stages of cancer of the stomach, for which it was originally lauded as a cure. It is depended upon. by some enthusiastic users to retard progress of some cases of this disease, and to relieve distress and urgent symptoms when fully developed. It cannot be curative. It will be found of service, probably, in catarrhal gastritis with extreme atonicity and threatened ulceration. In these cases its virtues as a tonic and restorative will find exercise to the full extent of their influence.

It deserves thorough investigation and faithful trial. It may be given in the form of a warm decoction with excellent advantage. A wine of condurango is prepared which has good influence upon the stomach. Half an ounce may be taken with the meals.

A Homeopathic writer gave condurango internally to a man 74 years of age who had small crusts forming on his lower lip for a long time suggesting the beginning of cancer. He gave a Homeopathic trituration and satisfactorily cured the case. This remedy being recommended externally should be tried internally for other cancerous conditions. In the above case a chronic catarrh of the stomach where there was vomiting of a green slime after dinner with hyperacidity and emaciation was inadvertently cured with the treatment as stated.

The American Materia Medica, Therapeutics and Pharmacognosy, 1919, was written by Finley Ellingwood, M.D.
It was scanned by Michael Moore for the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine.