The medicinal power of condurango or marsdenia reichenbachii

Condurango originally only occurs in the lower parts of the Andes mountains, between 2000 and 3000 meters high. It is a climbing plant with heart-shaped leaves that can grow up to 30 meters tall. Traditionally, this plant has been used by the original inhabitants of the Andes, the Indians, for digestive and stomach problems. It counteracts nausea and vomiting and stimulates bile production. It is a plant that is especially good for the liver, bile and pancreas. NB! This article is written from the personal view of the author and may contain information that is not scientifically substantiated and/or in line with the general view.


  • Condurango in Native American medicine
  • Naming
  • Active substances
  • Condurango, good for the stomach
  • Condurango in weakness
  • Dose and safety

Condurango in Native American medicine

In traditional Indian medicine of South America, condurango is used, among other things, for bleeding stomach ulcers. It is also used for loss of appetite, dyspepsia, gastritis, neuralgia, abdominal pain, stomach cancer, stomach ulcers and rheumatism. It is a tonic or tonic for the stomach. It also stops bleeding and helps digestion. In addition, it fights pathogenic bacteria and condurango helps to prevent inflammation. In more recent herbal medicine in South America, condurango is used to treat syphilis. Furthermore, traditional herbalists say that it promotes blood flow.


The Latin name of condurango is Marsdenia reichenbachii . In Dutch the plant is also called eagle vine. This is taken from English where the plant is called ‘eagle vine’.

Active substances

Of condurango, the bark of branches or the bark of the trunk is used for medicinal purposes in phytotherapy. It contains mainly glycosidic bitter substances or condurangins such as the condurangin glycosides A, B, C, D and E as active substances. It also contains triterpenes, phytosterols and phenolic acids.

Condurango, good for the stomach

Condurango is an amarum. That is a medical term for bittering agent. It promotes appetite and digestion and strengthens the stomach. It also has analgesic properties. Due to these medicinal activities, herbal therapists may decide to use it for the following indications:

  • Anorexia,
  • Dyspepsia,
  • Pregnancy vomiting,
  • Chronic gastalgia or stomach aches,
  • Gastritis or inflammation of the stomach wall,
  • Adjuvant for stomach ulcers.

The phytotherapeutic effect of this plant is very similar to that of yellow gentian, centaury and water trifoil.

Condurango in weakness

Condurango is a bittering agent. Like many bittering agents, it is good for saliva production and digestion. Condurango is a drug that stimulates the feeling of hunger. This means it can be used by people who are weakened, for example due to a prolonged hospital stay. In this way, Condurango is a tonic, which is referred to by doctors as a tonic.

Dose and safety

There are several ways to take condurango. Below are five applications used in phytotherapy. This concerns the therapeutic dose of this medicinal plant. When the therapeutic dose is taken, no side effects occur; at least no one has ever reported a side effect.

  • Take two to four grams of bark daily.
  • Take 100 to 200 mg of extract three times a day, half an hour before each meal.
  • Take 25 drops of mother tincture three times a day.
  • Take two to four grams of liquid extract.
  • Take two to five grams of tincture.

If the dose is too high, the substance condurangin can cause a disorder in the central nervous system. This increases the risk of nausea, vomiting and motor coordination disorders. It is also possible that convulsions or convulsions may occur.