Condurango: Overview

Alternative names: Eagle Vine, Eagle-Vine Bark, Marsdenia Cundurango, Condurangorinde, and Ecorce de Condurango.

Condurango (Marsdenia condurango or Gonolobus condurango) is a digestive aid; an herbal medicine used to help food digestion, increase stomach juices, and help stimulate the appetite.

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The part of Condurango that is used in medicinal remedies is the dried bark of branches and the trunk of the tree.  Condurango grows on the western slopes of the Andes in Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia.

Function; Why it is Recommended

Condurango improves digestion by stimulating the production of saliva and digestive juices.  It has also shown an ability to kill tumors in animals, and it was once thought to be a useful treatment for early cancers in humans.  Its effectiveness against human cancer remains unconfirmed, however, and its former use as a treatment for stomach cancer has been discontinued.

Condurango helps with appetite loss and indigestion.


Condurango can be made into a tea.  Add 1.5gm (about one-quarter teaspoonful) of crushed Condurango to cold water and bring to a boil.  Cool the tea, then strain.

Condurango also can be made into a medicinal wine.  Add 50-100gm (between one-quarter and one-half cup) of crushed Condurango to each liter of wine.

Take 1 cup of Condurango tea or 1 liquor glass of wine with each meal.

Condurango is taken orally.  The usual daily dosage is:

  • Aqueous extract: 200-500mg
  • Alcohol solution (tincture): 2-5gm (about one-half to 1 teaspoonful)
  • Liquid extract: 2-4gm
  • Crushed bark: 2-4gm.

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Condurango can help with the following:


Anorexia / Starvation Tendency

Condurango is a digestive stimulant for diminished appetite or dietary abuse; is a specific to anorexia nervosa.

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