July 28, 2016

Guaiac Wood Resin, Wood

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What other names is Guaiac Wood known by?

Bois de Gaïac, Bois Saint, Bois de Vie, Gaïac, Guaiac, Guaiac Heartwood, Guaiac Resin, Guaiacum, Guaiacum guatemalense, Guaiacum officinale, Guaiacum sanctum, Guajaci Lignum, Guayacán, Guayaco, Lingum Vitae, Palo de Hierro, Pockwood, Résine de Gaïac.

What is Guaiac Wood?

Guaiac is a tree. The wood and sap (resin) are used to prepare medicinal extracts. Be careful not to confuse guaiac wood or guaiac resin with guaiac wood oil.

People take guaiac wood for muscle and joint pain (rheumatism), breathing problems, skin disorders, and syphilis. It is also used for preventing gout.

Guaiac wood is used in mouthwashes to kill bacteria.

In the laboratory, guaiac resin is used in tests for finding hidden blood in urine and stool.

As a flavoring agent, guaiac wood is used in foods and in edible oils and fats.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Rheumatism.
  • Gout.
  • Lung problems.
  • Skin problems.
  • Syphilis.
  • Use in mouthwashes.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of guaiac wood or guaiac resin for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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