This is a shrub that grows from 30 into 60 feet high from the upper Amazon rainforest of Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia. It is also the title of this red latex sap from the Peruvian Rainforest that’s been used for centuries for healing sores and bleeding. The tree is a sustainable rainforest resource which has many possible applications.
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Clinical studies revealed that this tree is a powerful, cost-effective remedy for gastrointestinal ulcers and distress via antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and sensory afferent-dependent actions. In traditional Amazonian medicine sangre de grado is used as an oral gargle for sore throat, as a vaginal antiseptic after childbirth, equally as a hemostatic, and taken internally for wound healing. In recommended dosages, sangre de grado is deemed non-toxic, and there are no known contraindications or drug interactions.
This ethno-medicinal reddish tree sap is obtained from several species of Croton. The Sangre de grado tree emits blood-red sap that is collected and processed. Sangre de grado can also be sold as a liquid directly from the tree, or the bark may be processed and sold.
Dagon’s blood, drago, sangue de drago, sangue de agua
Although its traditional use has been for healing wounds, Sangre de grado can also be used for its antibacterial and antiviral properties; it’s considered an antiseptic. It can be used both internally and topically.
Examples include treatment for vaginal hemorrhaging, tumors, stomach ulcers, swelling from arthritis, tooth extraction, hemorrhoids, pharyngitis, tonsillitis and diarrhea. Its antiseptic properties contribute nicely for healing of ulcerations in the gastro-intestinal tract in addition to wounds on the skin.
Croton lechleri is a species of flowering plant in the spurge family, Euphorbiaceae, that is native to northwestern South America. It is commonly known as sangre de grado (Peruvian Spanish), sangre de drago (Ecuadorian Spanish) or sangre de grada (Bolivian Spanish) , both of which translate to "dragon's blood". They refer to this tree's (and several related species') thick red latex.
The latex has medicinal properties, and is used by local peoples as a liquid bandage, applied to seal wounds, as it dries quickly to form a protective skin-like barrier. Its use by native people has led to scientific study and observation of its in vitro antioxidant activity as well as both mutagenic and antimutagenic behavior.
The latex also contains a number of chemicals, including taspine. Oligomeric proanthocyanidins, another kind of chemical contained in the latex, have been investigated for the treatment of HIV-associated diarrhea under the name crofelemer. In January 2013, crofelemer, under the trade name Mytesi, was approved by the FDA for the treatment of non-infectious diarrhea in HIV+ patients.
dragon's blood (uncountable)
- A bright red resin, obtained from different species of a number of distinct plants Calamus rotang and genera Croton, Dracaena, Daemonorops, and Pterocarpus, used in the manufacture of varnishes, lacquers, medicines, and incenses.
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