Overview

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

People use red sandalwood for conditions such as cancer, wounds, digestive tract problems, fluid retention, and many others, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

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 with wounds, diarrhea, and coughs.

Uses & Effectiveness ?

We currently have no information for RED SANDALWOOD overview.

Side Effects

When taken by mouth: Red sandalwood is LIKELY SAFE when used in amounts found in foods. There isn't enough reliable information to know if red sandalwood is safe to use as a medicine or what the side effects might be.

When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if red sandalwood is safe or what the side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if red sandalwood is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Special Precautions and Warnings

When taken by mouth: Red sandalwood is LIKELY SAFE when used in amounts found in foods. There isn't enough reliable information to know if red sandalwood is safe to use as a medicine or what the side effects might be.

When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if red sandalwood is safe or what the side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if red sandalwood is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Interactions ?

    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.

  • Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with RED SANDALWOOD

    Red sandalwood extract might decrease blood sugar. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking red sandalwood extract along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.

    Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), and tolbutamide (Orinase).

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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