Aloewood(Aquilaria malaccensis)

Botanical Name : Aquilaria malaccensis
Family: Thymelaeaceae
Genus: Aquilaria
Species: A. malaccensis
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Malvales
Synonyms:
Agalochum malaccense (Lam.) Kuntze
Aquilaria agollocha Roxb.
Aquilaria secundaria DC.
Aquilaria malaccense Thiegh.

Common Names: Aloewood,Agarwood,Eaglewood. Vernacular names: gaharu, karas(Indonesia and Malaysia).

Habitat : Aloewood  is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Iran, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. It is threatened by habitat loss.

Description:
A large evergreen tree occurring in forests at the base of mountainous areas. Tree can grow up to 20m tall. The depletion   of wild trees from indiscriminate cutting for agarwood has resulted in the trees being listed and protected as an endangered species.Projects are currently underway to produce agarwood in a sustainable manner.

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Medicinal Uses:
Internally for digestive and bronchial complaints, fevers, and rheumatism (bark, wood).  Because of its astringent nature, the powdered wood of the aloe tree provide an effective skin tonic and is recommended by Ayurvedic physicians as an application for restoring pigment in leucoderma.  Powdered aloeswood provides an antiseptic so gentle it is used for ear and eye infections as well as on open wounds.

Other uses:Best known as the principal producer of the resin-suffused agarwood. The resin is valued in many cultures for its distinctive fragrance, thus used for incense and perfumes.The fungi infected wood produces a valuable incense. The wood is also used to make baskets and temporary beds. The bark is used for making ropes and cloths.

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Disclaimer:
The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

Resources:
http://www.herbnet.com/Herb%20Uses_AB.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquilaria_malaccensis
http://www.cites.org/eng/com/pc/14/e-pc14-09-02-02-a2.pdf
http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/docs/parks/Reforestation_tree_sp_info.pdf

http://www.asianplant.net/Thymelaeaceae/Aquilaria_malaccensis.htm

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