What is Guna Bowel?
Guna Bowel is an oral drop constipation relief product purported to provide temporary comfort for symptoms including abdominal bloating, abdominal discomfort, and bowel movement irregularity. Guna is an Italian-based company whose United States headquarters is in Whitehall, PA.
The product comes in a 30ml (1.0 fl. oz.) bottle, the contents of which is not entirely clear, as there is no information available on the manufacturer’s website. The only place we were able to locate the ingredients online was through the image of the product available on Amazon (whose legal disclaimer reminds us that this information may be inaccurate). The ingredients we were able to make out from the picture include:
- Aloe socotrina 2X HPUS
- Alumina 6X, 8X HPUS
- Chelidorium majus 2X HPUS
- Cholecalciferol 2X
- Kali carbonicum 6x, 8x, 12X HPUS
- Nux vomica 6x, 8X HPUS
- Rheum 2X HPUS
- Skatolum 6x, 10X HPUS
This list includes perhaps 50% of the ingredients listed on the label. The packaging also states that the liquid mixture contains 30% ethyl alcohol.
There are no directions listed on the manufacturer’s website for use, so we are left with only the information present on the Amazon webpage. Based on this source, adults and children age 6 and up are instructed to take 10 drops, 3 times daily with water. The product is meant to be taken 15 minutes before eating. Elsewhere on the same page, however, it instructs that the product should be kept from children, so we recommend that those aged 18 and younger consult with a doctor before use.
The product is available for purchase on the manufacturer’s website at a cost of $27.00. We found the bottle available for purchase on Amazon for $32.22, though when we checked there was only one bottle available in stock.
Possible Side Effects
The Amazon description includes a direction to stop use and ask a doctor if symptoms worsen or persist for more than 5 days. It is also recommended that women who are pregnant or nursing should consult with a doctor before use and that children should not use the product. As for specific side effects that arise from the individual ingredients, the manufacturer makes no mention and without any knowledge of what the ingredients are, we remain unable to comment. Consumers should take special care, if purchasing this product, to consult with a doctor before use.
Guna Bowel comes with no manufacturer guarantee or commitment of any kind.
The Bottom Line
Guna Bowel is marketed as a temporary relief for the symptoms of constipation. There are no user reviews on the manufacturer’s website, and at the time of this review, there were only three reviews on Amazon, which, while positive, does not constitute a large enough sample size to draw any conclusions about the product based on reported user experience. Furthermore, the only information we were able to find about what ingredients are actually present in the liquid formula is from a single picture of the bottle on Amazon. Simply put, we do not have nearly enough information to assess whether this product would be at all effective or safe, and recommend that interested consumers contact the manufacturer for more information or consult with a doctor after purchase in order to better understand the possible effects of using this product.