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Health Benefits of Sappan Wood

Posted in Alternative Medicines by Erineus on August 14, 2009


Decoction of wood and bark used for tuberculosis, diarrhea, dysentery, postpartum tonic, skin infections. and anemia.
Seeds used for stomach aches and nervous disorders.
Decoction of wood used postpartum as tonic.

Chiefly used as a dyewood, popular for coloring native fabrics.
In some parts of the Quezon province, a popular colorant for the coconut liquer, lambanog.

Antimicrobial: Aqueous extract study showed antimicrobial activity against methicillin-sensitive S aureus (MSSA) as well MRSA and suggests a potential to restore the effectiveness of B-lactam antibiotics against MRSA..
Immunosuppressive compenent: Brazilein, an important immunosuppressive component of CS showed inhibition of T cell proliferation and suppress mice humoral immune response.
Antioxidant:Study results showed significant antioxidant activities of Caesalpinia sappan heartwood extracts.
Anticonvulsant:Study of aqueous MeOH extracts isolated pure compounds sappanchalcone and brazilin which showed remarkable anticonvulsant activity.
Xanthine Oxidase Inhibitors:Study of MeOH extract of Vietnamese CS isolated neoprotosappanin and protosappanin A dimethyl acetal which showed xanthine oxidase inhibitory activity comparable to allopurinol.
Anti-allergic:Study of extracts of CS showed potent inhibitory activity against B-hexosaminidase release as marker of degranulation in rat basophilic leukemic cells. Among the compounds tested, sappanchalcone showed the most potent anti-allergic effect.
• Cardioactive effects of Brazilein:Brazilein obtained from CS ethanol extracts showed a positive inotropic action with little effect on heart rate and coronary perfusion, an effect achieved through inhibition of Na-K-ATPase system.

Additional Sources and Suggested Readings

(1) Inhibitory effects of Caesalpinia sappan on growth and invasion of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus / Journal of Ethnopharmacology Vol 91, Issue 1, March 2004, Pages 81-87 / doi:10.1016/j.jep.2003.11.017
(2) Brazilein, an important immunosuppressive component from Caesalpinia sappan L. / International Immunopharmacology
Vol 6, Issue 3, March 2006, Pages 426-432
/ doi:10.1016/j.intimp.2005.09.012
(3) Antioxidant Activity of Caesalpinia sappan Heartwood / Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin Vol. 26 (2003) , No. 11 1534
(4) Anticonvulsant compounds from the wood of Caesalpinia sappan L. / Archives of Pharmacal Research. Vol 23, Number 4 / August, 2000 / DOI 10.1007/BF02975445
(5) Xanthine Oxidase Inhibitors from the Heartwood of Vietnamese Caesalpinia sappan / CHEMICAL & PHARMACEUTICAL BULLETIN
Vol. 53 (2005) , No. 8 984

(6) Anti-allergic activity of principles from the roots and heartwood of caesalpinia sappan on antigen-induced -hexosaminidase release / Phytotherapy Research
(7) Study on Cardioactive Effects of Brazilein /

Here’s a couple gems culled from the inbox chaff:

  • “Caesalpinia sappan, known as Sibukaw Tree, treats hepatitis problems. It also includes diabetes.”

Excerpt from reply or comment re sibukaw:



“with regards to sibukaw tree, it grow near our city and is sold by local streetside herbalist as a remedy to build blood. a decoction of the wood pieces are used. my friend told me that it cured a filipino doctor who came home from the u.s. because he was dying of cancer.”

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  1. lydia Q. Jimenez said, on September 11, 2010 at 1:14 am

    Is sibukaw tree is not dangerous to drink and there is no side effect to drink just o make babad it to water to drink

    • erineus said, on September 15, 2010 at 12:44 pm

      the traditional way of drinking it is to babad it… my practice for how many years is this: i boil it then drink it. the moment it starts to boil i stop it. so far there is no problem with my practice in fact it truly helps tone my body….

  2. josef michael said, on October 10, 2010 at 12:40 am

    Does Sibucao Can hael you from asthma

  3. violeta reyes said, on January 30, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    it can cure asthma as long as you continue to drink.

  4. noime said, on May 22, 2011 at 6:57 am

    are pregnant women can also use the sappan wood?
    lactating women can also use the sibucao?

  5. wala lang said, on July 29, 2011 at 2:01 am

    yes, pregnant women can use the sappan wood. i drink a lot and i use is as my tea.

  6. apple ipad said, on November 24, 2011 at 12:07 pm

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  7. Msg padix said, on March 3, 2012 at 4:55 am

    this is my 4 and 1 coffee,.,. Hot water with sibucao + 3nd1 Nescafe = 4 and 1 coffee ,., Thats the way i drink my energy coffee,.,padz 59,.,.

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