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Caesalpinia sappan Sappanwood Kayu sekang, Soga jawa Leguminosae


Caesalpinia sappan, Sappanwood, Leguminosae, kayu sekang, secang, soga jawa

Sappanwood or Sapanwood (Caesalpinia sappan, Japanese: Soboku) is a sort of redwood found in tropical Southeast Asia. It was first called "brezel wood" in Europe.
This plant has many uses. It possesses medicinal abilities as an anti-bacterial and for its anti-coagulant properties. It also produces a valued type of reddish dye, used for dying cotton products.
Sappanwood used to be one of the main sources of trade during the 17th century between Japan and its Southeast Asia neighbors (especially Siam) onboard Red Seal Ships.
Medical use:Decoction of the wood and bark as astringent and as a cure for tuberculosis, diarrhea and dysentery. It is also recommended for menstrual disorders and as a general blood tonic. The seeds are a sedative.Wood against dengue, syphilis and cataract; used as depurative.