Sacred healing resin

SANGRE DE DRAGO

Scientific Name: Croton Lechleri

Is a tree that grows in the amazon rainforest of Ecuador, with a broad, globose and rounded crown, colored bark grayish-white, exuding wine-colored latex. Leaves cordate, alternate, sometimes opposite or whorled, 12-20 cm long and 5-14 cm wide, with 2 glands in the base, the most tender have a ferrugineous structure, tomentose on both sides. Terminal inflorescence in lax racemes. Amber colored flower, numerous stamens. Globose capsular fruit, depressed, elastically dehiscent, 3 mm long and 4.5 mm wide, has 3 bivalve monocarps. Smooth seeds with caruncle and oleaginous endosperm.

Medicinal uses:

Vaginal antiseptic, healing, contraceptive, skin conditions, anemia, cancer, diarrhea, tooth extraction, pharyngo-tonsillitis, fever, gonorrhea, hemorrhoids, leucorrhoea, malaria, tumor, stomach and intestinal ulcers, acne, healing scars.

Contains the alkaloid taspine (healing action), oligometric proanthocyanidin (SP-303). Species of this family present agents antitumor drugs and alkaloids such as: Pyridone, indole aporphine, quinoline, tropane, acids unsaturated fatty acids, anthraquinones, fatty epoxy acids, triterpenoids. Of the genus Croton, 30 alkaloids have been isolated, 22 with known structure, the main ones being: Solutaridine, taspine, sinoacutin, sparciflorin. Benzoic acid is also found, pigments, tannins and other compounds.

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