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  • Ipecacuanha (Psychotria ipecacuanha) of family Rubiaceae is a flowering plant, the root of which is most commonly used to make syrup of ipecac, a powerful emetic. Its name comes from the Tupi i-pe-kaa-guéne, translated as 'road-side sick-making plant'. It is native to Brazil. The plant had been assigned different names by various botanists; several scientific names including Cephaelis acuminata, Cephaelis ipecacuanha, Psychotria ipecacuanha, and Uragoga ipecacuanha were used.
  • Cephaelis Ipecacuanha is a small shrubby plant, with a slender root from four to six inches long, marked with annular rugae, simple or somewhat branched, descending obliquely into the ground, and here and there sending forth slender fibrils. The stem is two or three feet long, but, being partly under ground, and often procumbent at the base, usually rises less than a foot in height.
  • Ipecac syrup is commonly used as a remedy for poisoning, taken following ingestion of toxic but noncaustic substances. In most people, ingestion of adequate amounts leads to vomiting within 30 minutes. Ipecac’s major constituents are the alkaloids emetine and cephaline.
  • A recent study indicates that the herbal drug market continues to grow at the rate of 15% annually. As per the estimates of the World Health Organization (WHO), the global market of the medicinal herbs and herbal products is about 62 billion US$ and will hit the market by the year 2005 at the level of 5 trillion US$. India is exporting herbal materials and medicines to the tune of Rs. 550 crores. China besides meeting its domestic demands, is earning US$ 5 billion per year from herbal trade. India and China are two great producers of medicinal plants and has capabilities to earn by export of herbs and herbal products of Rs. 5000 crores.
  • Several hundred genera are used in herbal remedies and in traditional or folklore medicines throughout the world. As per one estimate 35-70,000 species have been used in some culture for medicinal purposes. They are used in the form of crude drugs which are dried parts of the medicinal plants (root, stem, wood, bark, leaves, flowers, fruits seeds and in some cases whole plants) or their extracts. The species used for isolation of active ingredients may be indigenous species growing wild or cultivated, or hybrids or other cultivated varieties that have been bred for a particular characteristic.
General Information
  • Ipecacuanha
  • Psychotria Ipecacuanha
  • Ipecac Overview
  • Ipecac / Powdered Ipecac / Ipecac Syrup
  • Cephaelis ipecacuanha
  • What is the common name for the plant-derived medication that has
    classically been used to induce vomiting in case of poisoning?

Company Profile

  • Company from Mumbai
  • Indian Company


  • Consultant from Canada
  • Consultant from Washington
  • Consultant from londonExperts Recommend Against Syrup of Ipecac
  • Experts in IPECAC
  • Washington Consultants

Production & Cultivation

  • Production of Medicinal Plants in Asia
  • Cephaëlis Ipecacuanha
  • Ipecacuanha (U. S. P.)—Ipecac.
  • Medicinal & Aromatic Plants
  • Distyly and variation in floral traits in natural populations of Psychotria ipecacuanha (Brot.) Stokes (Rubiaceae)


  • Ipecacuanha.—Ipecac
  • Ipecac syrup
  • Position Paper: Ipecac Syrup
  • Use of Ipecac to Treat Poisoning
    in Young Children
  • Cephaelis Ipecacuanha. Ipecac.

Patent & Technology

  • Enteric Preparation of Ipecac Alkaloids
  • Composition for Inducing Smoking Cessation Comprising Alkaloids from Radix Ipecacuanha
  • Method of Collecting Materials Exuded from Plant Roots
  • Species specific DNA sequences and their utilization in identification of viola species and authentication of "banafsha" by polymerase chain reaction
  • Reproductive studies on IPECAC: Meiotic behavior and Pollen viability


  • Cephaelis ipecacuanha dry extract
  • Homeopathy Ipecacuanha Products
  • Arnica Montana
  • Ipecacuanha
  • Ipeca Products
  • Ipecac tablets
Material Safety Data Sheet
  • Ipecac Syrup USP
  • Ipecac syrup
  • Ipecacuanh Tincture
  • Aminopterin

Management & Guidelines

  • National Drugs and Poisons Schedule
  • Emergency management of poisoning in Hong Kong
  • Guideline on the Use of Ipecac Syrup in the Out-of-Hospital Management of Ingested Poisons
  • Management of Drug Overdose
    and Poisoning
  • Pest Control Products Regulations
  • Ipecac Syrup Alert
  • Do Not Use Ipecac

Health & Safety Issues

  • The Demise of Ipecac
  • Ipecac Syrup
  • Plants and human health in the
    twenty-first century
  • Cephaelis ipecacuanha
  • Medically Unexplained Myopathy Due to Ipecac Abuse
  • Ipecac No Longer Recommended for Home Use

Regulations & Policy

  • Ipecac Policy Change
  • General Policy Issues
  • Health & Safety Regulations for Child Care
  • Regulatory History for Ipecac Syrup
  • Statements of Policy

Market & Report

  • Growing Culinary and Medicinal Herbs Commercially
  • Extraction of nonwood forest
  • Globalisation, Global Trend in Herbal Market, and The Impact Thereof on Medicinal Plants in Orissa
  • Plant sources of aroma chemicals and medicines in India
  • The United States Market for Natural Ingredients
  • Global Education & Research Foundation Report
  • Medicinal Plants Originating in the Andean High Plateau and Central Valleys Region of Bolivia Ecuador and Peru
  • The Globally Harmonized System for the Classification and Labelling of Chemicals

Suppliers & Buyers

  • Ipecac Suppliers
  • Trade Leads of Ipecac
  • Indian Supplier
  • Exporters of ipecac roots
  • Ipecac Buyers list

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