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Agarwood (OUD) in its various forms; oil, wood, powder, plant etc. has been used for many health benefits and treatment of various illness. For thousands of years, agarwood has been used for medicinal purposes and continues to be used in Ayurvedic, Tibetan and traditional East Asian medicine. Listed down here are some of its benefits and uses.
If you are very new to the world of agarwood, then you need to learn about oud before proceeding to learn its amazing benefits and uses!
East Asian Medicine:
Agarwood is prescribed in traditional East Asian medicine to promote the flow of qi, relieve pain, arrest vomiting by warming the stomach, and to relieve asthma (Anon., 1995a).
High-grade agarwood powder is prescribed in Chinese medicine. High grade agarwood powder is also used in the production of pharmaceutical tinctures.
Use as Liniment:
Malaysians use agarwood mixed with coconut oil as a liniment. Likewise Indians and chinese also use agarwood oil in their traditional medicine as a liniment for the treatment of various skin diseases.
Agarwood oil is used in a boiled concoction to treat rheumatism and other body pain.
Often-discarded uninfected wood is used as Kayu gaharu lemppong by Malaysians to treat jaundice and body pains.
Smallpox and Abdominal Pain:
Agarwood has been noted for its use as a complex ointment for smallpox and for various abdominal complaints.
It is used for the treatment of pleurisy. It is referenced in the Ayurvedic medicinal text as the Susruta Samhita.
Nervous System Disorders:
When used in aromatherapy, agarwood oil may help to treat anxiety, stress, depression and other nervous system disorders.
Liver and Kidney:
Agarwood oil is used to treat cirrhosis of the liver and kidney problems.
Lung and Stomach Tumours:
Agarwood oil is used in the treatment of lung and stomach tumours.
Agarwood oil is also used a carminative diuretic.
The Indian Council:
The Indian Council summarizes the properties of agarwood as follows: “Agarwood is considered stimulant, antiasthmatic, carminative, tonic, aphrodisiac and astringent. It is used in diarrhoea, dysentery, gout, rheumatism and paralysis.
Middle East and Bangladesh:
In Egypt, Arabia and throughout the northeast part of Bangladesh, agarwood is described as a stimulant, cardiac tonic and carminative.
China and Japan:
It is used as a traditional sedative, analgesic and digestive medicine in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine.
The water portion obtained as distillate after separating the oud oil during distillation process is used at present in Assam as an efficient stimulant and tonic fo the treatment of mental disorder and malnutrition.