Lignum in whole, cut and sifted or powder form.
Chemical Constituents: esters of saturated fatty acids (behenic acid) with triterpenoid alcohols (lupeol) and phytosterols ( 5- sterols: ß-sitosterol) , volatile oil ( with α-pinene), tannins and alkaloids.
Properties: tonic (reported to be Central System Nervous stimulant, adrenergic agonist=sympathomimetic), astringent and it is claimed to be aphrodisiac. Adaptogen, analgesic, anti-fatigue, anti-oxidant, antiulcerous, hypotensive, memory-enhancer, nervine, neurasthenic, neuroprotective.
Uses: Traditionally it is used as a infusion usually combined with others herbs, for fatigue, feeling of weakness, diarrhea, and for low sexual drive and erectile dysfunction. Reported effects, it may be beneficial for minor cases of hypotension (=low blood pressure), especially when associated with minor fatigue, antidepressant, anti-rheumatic, anti-stress, astringent, digestive stimulant, gastrototonic hypocholesterolemic (lowers cholesterol), stimulant, tonic .