Cocoa (Cacao testes)

Published February 27, 1991.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)

Kakaoschalen

Name of Drug

Cacao testes, cocoa.

Composition of Drug

Cocoa consists of the testae of Theobroma cacao L. [Fam. Sterculiaceae], as well as preparations thereof.

Uses

Preparations of cocoa are used for liver, bladder, and kidney ailments, diabetes, as a tonic and general remedy, and as an astringent for diarrhea.

The effectiveness for the claimed application is not documented.

Risks

Cocoa and cocoa products can cause allergic skin reactions and migraine headaches.

Evaluation

Since the efficacy has not been documented, a therapeutic application cannot be recommended.

Actions

Cocoa can result in constipation.
Cocoa contains methylxanthine, which acts as a diuretic.