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Chaparral is used for digestion problems including cramps and gas; respiratory tract conditions including colds and infections; and ongoing chronic skin disorders. It is also used for cancerarthritistuberculosisurinary tract infectionssexually transmitted diseases, central nervous system conditions, chickenpox, parasite infections, obesity, and snakebite pain. Some people use chaparral for detoxification, or as a tonic or “blood purifier.”

Uses & Effectiveness

  • Arthritis.

  • Cancer.

  • Sexually transmitted diseases.

  • Tuberculosis.

  • Colds.

  • Skin conditions.

  • Stomach problems (cramps, gas).

  • Weight loss.

  • Urinary and respiratory infections.

  • Chickenpox.

  • Other conditions.

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of chaparral for these uses.

Chaparral can cause side effects including stomach pain, nauseadiarrheaweight loss, fever, and liver and kidney damage. Putting chaparral on the skin can cause skin reactions including rash and itching.