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Sceletium tortuosum is a short-lived perennial in the ice plant family (Aizoaceae) and is native to South Africa. Also known as kanna, sceletium is used to relieve thirst, hunger, and fatigue, to elevate mood, and as a sedative.

The American Botanical Council (ABC) is passionate about helping people live healthier lives through the responsible use of herbs and medicinal plants. As an independent, nonprofit education organization, ABC is dedicated to providing accurate and reliable information for consumers, healthcare practitioners, researchers, educators, industry and the media.

Please enjoy this information on sceletium made available through the generosity of HG&H Pharmaceuticals adoption.

Additional ABC Sceletium Resources

HerbClip review

Sceletium Improves Cognitive Flexibility and Executive Function in Healthy Adults. HC #121451-512, January 15, 2015

Use of Hyperspectral Imaging to Accurately Differentiate and Identify Related Species. HC #111353-493, March 31, 2014

Anxiolytic Activity of Zembrin® Sceletium Extract in Humans. HC #091351-481, September 30, 2013

Zembrin® (Sceletium Extract) is Safe and Well Tolerated in a Trial in Healthy Adults. HC #051331-474, June 14, 2013

Review of the Alkaloid Chemistry and Pharmacology of Sceletium. HC #120182-378, June 30, 2009.


Read the Press Release on HG&H's adoption of the HerbMedPro Sceletium record.

Contact us for more information on  ABC's Adopt-an-Herb Program.