Evodia rutaecarpa

Last Updated: February 1, 2023

Used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to increase warmth in the body. It might burn fat, but has not really been examined. It might also decrease the perception of cold like capsaicin does, which indirectly warms you. A good berry for your oats in the winter.


Evodia rutaecarpa is most often used for


Evodia rutaecarpa is the plant which bears the berries evodia fructae (Fruits of Evodia), which are eaten in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a warming technique. The plant is also touted to reduce pain and gastrointestinal distress, and be anti-cancer.

It has been investigated as a fat burner, but no significantly promising evidence has been shown at this moment in time. It does appear to make animals feel hotter and quite reliably so, but this is a combination of increased heat expenditure (which is a fat burning effect) and minimizing the perception of cold via TRPV1 agonism, similar to the red pepper extract capsaicin. This combination may make one feel warmer despite not increasing caloric expenditure much.

Two studies have been conducted on animals showing anti-obesity effects, but these appear to not be related to the warmth effect of Evodia fruit and they do not necessarily mean it can be used to burn fat.

Beyond that, it shows promise as an anti-cancer agent through some relatively unique mechanisms and shows limited use as a supplement; taking the active ingredients (evodiamine, rutaecarpine) out of the fruit and into a supplemental capsule drastically reduces oral bioavailability. Isolated supplements may be quite worthless outside of the colon and stomach, with fruit or an ethanolic fruit extract being needed to reach the blood in appreciable amounts

What else is Evodia rutaecarpa known as?
Note that Evodia rutaecarpa is also known as:
  • Wuzhuyu
  • Wu Zhu Yu
  • Wu Zhu Yu Tang
  • Evodiae Fructus
  • Evodia Fruit
  • Evodia Fructae
Evodia rutaecarpa should not be confused with:
  • Evodiamine (bioactive)
  • Rutaecarpine (bioactive)
Dosage information

There are currently no human studies on evodia rutaecarpa berries.

Traditional usage of the berries involves making a decoction using 3-9g of the berries and then dividing said decoction into either two servings daily (morning and evening) or thrice daily (morning, noon, and evening)

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