Latin name: Guaiacum officinale
Other names: guaiac, guayacan, lignum vine, lignum vitae, pockwood, wood of life
What is Guaiacum Resin?
Guaiacum resin is the resin of the Guaiacum officinale tree, which is an ornamental evergreen tree that comes from the West Indies and South America. The wood of this tree has been historically used as a treatment for syphilis, as well as being a source of lignum vitae wood—a hard commercial timber with a history of being used in making wooden tools and devices such as clocks. The resin is obtained from the tree and is this species’ primary medicinal resource. Guaiacum resin has a history of being used in Ayurvedic medicine.
What are the health benefits of Guaiacum Resin?
Guaiacum resin has been historically used for its antibacterial properties, which is the basis of its use in treating syphilis. It is also used as an antioxidant and is used as a diuretic for expelling urine, promoting the discharge of mucous, and promoting the evacuation of bowels. It is also used to purify the blood, stimulate circulation, and to treat gout, tonsillitis, and rheumatism.
Where can I find Guaiacum Resin?
Guaiacum resin can be found online, in herbal specialty shops, and in the offices of Ayurvedic medical practitioners.
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