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RED SANDALWOOD

Other Names:

Bois de Santal Rouge, Pterocarpus santalinus, Rakta Chandan, Red Sanderswood, Red Saunders, Rubywood, Sándalo Rojo, Sandalwood Padauk, Santal Rouge, Santali Lignum Rubrum, Santalum Rubrum, Sappan.

RED SANDALWOOD Overview
RED SANDALWOOD Uses
RED SANDALWOOD Side Effects
RED SANDALWOOD Interactions
RED SANDALWOOD Dosing
RED SANDALWOOD Overview Information

Red sandalwood is a tree. The wood at the center of the trunk (heartwood) is used as medicine.

Red sandalwood is used for treating digestive tract problems, fluid retention, and coughs; and for “blood purification.”

In manufacturing, red sandalwood is used as a flavoring in alcoholic beverages.

Don’t confuse red sandalwood (Pterocarpus santalinus) with white sandalwood (Santalum album).

How does it work?

Red sandalwood might increase the loss of body water through the urine (diuretic effect). It might also have drying effects that may help reduce diarrhea and break up mucus to make it easier to cough up.

RED SANDALWOOD Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

Insufficient Evidence for:

  • Digestive tract ailments.
  • Fluid retention.
  • Coughs.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of red sandalwood for these uses.


RED SANDALWOOD Side Effects & Safety

Red sandalwood might be safe for most people. The possible side effects aren't known.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of red sandalwood during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

RED SANDALWOOD Interactions What is this?

Moderate Interaction Be cautious with this combination

  • Lithium interacts with RED SANDALWOOD

    Red sandalwood might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking red sandalwood might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.


RED SANDALWOOD Dosing

The appropriate dose of red sandalwood depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for red sandalwood. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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