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Used Part.

The log (deprived of the crust)

Active Principles.

Essential oil (1 - 2%) safrole (80%) pinene, phellandrene, eugenol, camphor. Tannins. Phytosterols: beta - sitosterol. Small amounts of lignans (fenilpropanos) sesamina. In the bark of the roots have been isolated a number of alkaloids: aporfina and several derivatives bencilisoquinoleínicos.

Drug Action.

Antiseptic, expectorant, mucolytic, nervous system stimulant, diuretic, sudorific, Carmine. In topical use: rubefaciente, analgesic. The root bark has an interesting effect analgesic, antiseptic and local pediculicides.


Flu, colds, bronchitis, emphysema. Flatulence. Has been popularly used as depurative, to "clean up the blood. " Topically, in: myalgia, osteo inflammation, scabies and insect bites.


Liver Diseases, due to its safrole and alkaloids. see precautions)

Unless otherwise indicated, we recommend not to prescribe the essential oil through internal during pregnancy, lactation, children under six years or patients with gastritis, gastric ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, epilepsy, Parkinson or other neurological diseases.

Do not administer, or topically applied to children under six years old or people with respiratory allergies or with known hypersensitivity to this or other essential oils.

Caution / Poisoning.

The toxicity of the essential oil is especially due to safrole (80% of the essential oil) and is manifested by hypothermia, tachycardia and cardiorespiratory depression. Has been experimentally proved that induces hepatocarcinogenesis in laboratory animals.

Galenica forms / Dosage.

Internal use:

Infusion: 10 g / l, 1 to 3 cups a day.

Dust: 1 gram a day.

Essential oil: 1 or 2 drops on a sugar cube in capsules (25 to 50 mg per capsule) two or three times a day.

External use:

Essential oil: pure or in the form of liniment or creams, applied over the areas to be treated.


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