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Most Common Name:Guaiacum
Botanical Name:Guaiacum Officinale
Also Known As (other names):Guaiac 

Guaiacum Officinale, Guaiac, is an evergreen tree that grows in the West Indian Islands and South Eastern coast of North America. The very dense wood is fired to collect the melting resin which is the part used.

Properties, or in treatment of:

Rheumatoid arthritisRheumatism 



Below we list reported constituents of this herb. This may not be complete as continuous research constantly discovers new constituents. Where possible we also provide information about constituents and their application, effect and side effects, if any. We do not provide information on the interaction between constituents. We do not give quantities of each individual constituent as these vary considerably due to region and climate. By comparing the treatments above with the constituent benefits below some indication of quantities can be gained.

Lignans: Lignans occur in a variety of plants and cannot be classified in terms of properties as a group. Some are antiviral and antimicrobial while others are antioxidant and anti-tumour. The latter are currently being researched as there is some indication that they may have a positive cardiovascular effect.


Frequently found in aromatic and essential oils, the terpenoids, also known as Terpenes, are one of the largest group of active compounds in plants (currently some 25,000 have been identified and this number is growing). Tests and studies on the effects of these compound have been conducted on a small number but we still have a lot more to learn.

If this Terpenoids heading is not preceded by a paragraph with more detail on a specific Terpenoid you can safely assume that very little is known about the Terpenoid found in this particular herb and cannot assume that it will have even vaguely similar characteristics to other Terpenoids as the field is big and very varied.



Contraindications, do not use if:

We at Beneforce are certainly not experts in the use of every herb. In our studies and research we do come across warnings that a herb should not be used in certain circumstances or for certain conditions and ailments. Where possible we will reflect these on our pages but cannot guarantee that for any herb our list of contraindications are complete or valid. We urge that you consult an appropriate and knowledgeable practitioner before treatment.
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