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Cocoa (Cacao testes)

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


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.


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.


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


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


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