lignum vitae

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lignum vitae

Herbal medicine
A Caribbean tree that is rich in saponins, resin, guaiaretic and guaiacolic acids; it is anti-inflammatory, laxative and stimulatory, and has been used to treat arthritis and gout; its products have been commercialised in mainstream medicine in the guaiac test for occult bleeding of the large intestine, which is often a sign of colorectal cancer.