June 27, 2016

Red Sandalwood

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What other names is Red Sandalwood known by?

Bois de Santal Rouge, Pterocarpus santalinus, Rakta Chandan, Red Sanderswood, Red Saunders, Rubywood, Sándalo Rojo, Sandalwood Padauk, Santal Rouge, Santali Lignum Rubrum, Santalum Rubrum, Sappan.

What is Red Sandalwood?

Red sandalwood is a tree. The wood at the center of the trunk (heartwood) is used as medicine.

Red sandalwood is used for treating digestive tract problems, fluid retention, and coughs; and for "blood purification."

In manufacturing, red sandalwood is used as a flavoring in alcoholic beverages.

Don't confuse red sandalwood (Pterocarpus santalinus) with white sandalwood (Santalum album).

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Digestive tract ailments.
  • Fluid retention.
  • Coughs.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of red sandalwood 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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