balsam of Peru


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Related to balsam of Peru: balsam of tolu, Peruvian balsam

bal·sam of Pe·ru

a thick, dark brown liquid balsam obtained from Toluifera pereirae (family Leguminosae), 60% of which is the oily cinnamein; used as a healing application to wounds.

balsam of Peru

n.
The thick brown aromatic resin of a Central American tree (Myroxylon balsamum var. pereirae) in the pea family, used medicinally in skin lotions, allergy testing, and cough preparations and in the manufacture of perfumes.

balsam of Peru

Herbal medicine
An evergreen tree, the resin of which is anthelmintic, antifungal, astringent and diuretic; it has been used internally and externally for haemorrhoids and skin infections.

bal·sam of Pe·ru

(bawl'săm pĕr-ū')
A liquid extracted from the bark of Myroxylon balsamum; has mildly astringent properties; other purported uses include as an antineoplastic, anthelminthic, stimulant, and as an adjunct during dental procedures. Adverse effects have been widely reported.
Synonym(s): Toluifera pereirae.

balsam of Peru,

n Latin names:
Myroxylon balsamum, Myroxylon pereirae; parts used: oleo-resin, essential oil; uses: (suppositories) hemorrhoids, (internally) cough, respiratory illnesses, burns, fever, scabies (topical), circulation booster, arthritis; precautions: patients with kidney disease or febrile conditions, can cause kidney necrosis if taken internally. Also called
balsam of tolu, balsam tree, opobalsam, Peruvian balsam, resina tolutana, resin tolu, or
Thomas balsam.
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1) Allergic contact dermatitis can be caused by a wide range of chemicals--from nickel (a metal) to rubber-based compounds to balsam of Peru (a fragrance and flavoring agent).
The results of patch testing were read at 48 and 96 hours; testing elicited positive reactions to balsam of Peru and to one of its components, cinnamic aldehyde (figure 2).
At follow-up, she was further counseled on the need to avoid fragrances because of their potential cross-reactivity with balsam of Peru.