(Medicinal Herbs) Guaiac

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Guaiac Scientific Names and Common Names,Guaiac Biochemical Information,Uses,Warning,Where Found,Parts Usually Used,Guaiac Description of Plant(s) and Culture,Medicinal Properties.

(Medicinal Herbs)  Guaiac


Common Names | Parts Usually Used | Plant(s) & Culture | Where Found | Medicinal Properties
Legends, Myths and Stories | Uses | Formulas or Dosages | Warning | Bibliography

Scientific Names

Guaiacum officinale L.

Common Names

Lignum vitae
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Parts Usually Used

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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Guaiac is the resin from a tree; the crooked trunk grows 30-40 feet high and provides lignum vitae, the olive-brown, heavy, very hard wood which contains the oily resin.
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Where Found

Grows in the West Indies, Mexico, Central America, and northern South America.
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Medicinal Properties

Antiseptic, diaphoretic, diuretic, stimulant
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Legends, Myths and Stories

In Paracelsus’ time, merchants brought home a sort of wood that was said to contain a medicinal resin. This wood was extraordinary because it sank in water, obviously being heavier than water, and this made it different from any other wood known at the time. It was found in the West Indies and South America and, when heated, a resin flowed from it that became a remedy for consumption.
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Guaiac used to help gout, fever, catarrh, syphilis, sore throat, consumption, rheumatism, and skin diseases. Take a decoction of the wood and keep warm to induce perspiration and keep cool for diuretic action.
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Formulas or Dosages

Decoction: boil 1 tsp. granulated wood in 1 cup water. Take 1 tbsp. 3-6 times per day.

Resin: take 2-5 grains at a time.
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Avoid during pregnancy.
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, by Clarence Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, 1973

, by Penelope Ody, Dorling Kindersley, Inc, 232 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016, First American Edition, copyright 1993

, by John Lust, Bantam Books, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. copyright 1974.

, by Dr. H.C.A. Vogel; Keats Publishing, Inc., 27 Pine Street (Box 876) New Canaan, CT. 06840-0876. Copyright Verlag A. Vogel, Teufen (AR) Switzerland 1952, 1991

, Third College Edition, Victoria Neufeldt, Editor in Chief, New World Dictionaries: A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 15 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023, 1984

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