LAURELWOOD Overview Information
Laurelwood is a plant. The nut and other plant parts are used to make medicine.
Don’t confuse laurelwood (Calophyllum inophyllum) with blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides).
Laurelwood is used for leprosy, hemorrhoids, scabies, gonorrhea, vaginal infections, and chicken pox.
One of the chemicals in laurelwood (constituent (+)-calanolide A) is used for HIV infection. A pharmaceutical company is currently testing this chemical to see if it meets standards of safety and effectiveness that will qualify it for sale as a prescription drug.
Tamanu oil from the nut of laurelwood is used for skin conditions including sunburn, rashes, burns, psoriasis, dermatitis, scratches, skin blemishes, acne, skin allergies, bedsores, rosacea, and hemorrhoids; and for infant skin care.
How does it work?
Laurelwood contains compounds that have been tested in the laboratory and seem to be somewhat effective against HIV and tuberculosis. However, there isn’t enough evidence to know if laurelwood works for medicinal uses in humans.
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- Vaginal infections.
- Chicken pox.
- Other conditions.
- Skin blemishes.
- Skin allergies.
- Infant skin care.
- Other conditions.
LAURELWOOD Side Effects & Safety
Compound (+)-calanolide, a chemical in laurelwood, might be safe when used in people who do not have HIV. It can cause some side effects including dizziness, oily aftertaste, headache, and nausea.
Not enough is known about the safety of laurelwood for its other uses.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of laurelwood during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
The appropriate dose of laurelwood 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 laurelwood. 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.