Chaulmoogra

Categorías: Planta medicinal

Chaulmoogra
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom:Plantae
Clade:Tracheophytes
Clade:Angiosperms
Clade:Eudicots
Clade:Rosids
Order:Malpighiales
Family:Achariaceae
Genus:Hydnocarpus
Species:
H. wightianus
Binomial name
Hydnocarpus wightianus

Hydnocarpus wightianus or chaulmoogra is a tree in the Achariaceae family. Hydnocarpus wightiana seed oil has been widely used in Indian medicine and Chinese traditional medicine for the treatment of leprosy. It entered early Western medicine in the nineteenth century before the era of sulfonamides and other antibiotics for the treatment of several skin diseases and leprosy. The oil was prescribed for leprosy as a mixture suspended in gum or as an emulsion.

Chaulmoogra (Wiktionary)

English

Alternative forms

  • chaulmugra

Etymology

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Noun

chaulmoogra (plural chaulmoogras)

  1. A tree found in Southeast Asia, Hydnocarpus wightiana, which yields an oil that was formerly used as a treatment for leprosy.

Derived terms

  • chaulmoogra oil
  • chaulmoogric
  • chaulmoogric acid

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