myroxylon  balsamum

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myroxylon  balsamum
Castilian: balsam of Tolu.

English: Tolu Balsam tree.

Used Part.

The resinous exudates obtained by incising the trunk.

Active Principles.

Resin (80%) alcohols resínicos combined with benzoic acid and Cinnamic. Acid - free aromatics (10 - 15% of Cinnamic, 8% of Benzoic) esters (benzyl benzoate and cinnamate) traces of vanillin, eugenol, acid ferúlico.

Drug Action.

Stimulant, expectorant, béquico, spasmolytic, digestive, antiseptic, healing, antiparasitic.


Respiratory conditions: bronchitis, asthma, pulmonary emphysema, irritative cough, sore throat, laryngitis, tracheitis. Cystitis, urethritis. In topical use: wounds, skin ulcers, scabies.

Side Effects.

Its topical use can cause contact dermatitis in susceptible individuals.

Galenica forms / Dosage.

Syrup (5 - 10%) in association with other plants or expectorants béquicas: Three or four tablespoons per day.

Fluid extract (1: 1) 15 to 30 drops three times daily.

Tincture (1: 5) 30 - 50 drops, one to three times a day, or topical application.


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