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Scientific Name: Commiphora molmol (myrrha)

Constituents:

  • Volatile oil (heerabolene, eugenol, cuminaldehyde & furanosesquiterpenes, limonene, dipentene, pinene, m-cresol and cadinene)
  • Oleo-Gum Resins (commiphoric & commiphorinic acids, commiferin)
  • Phytosterols (campesterol & beta-sitosterol)
  • Tannins

Medicinal actions:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antimicrobial (anti-fungal & antiparasitic)
  • Analgesic
  • Antipyretic
  • Astringent
  • Carminative & Antispasmodic
  • Cytotoxic
  • Emmenagogue
  • Expectorant
  • Hypolipidemic

Mechanism of Action & Pharmacology:

  • Resins produce actions exerted locally on the tissues with which they come into contact. Will exert a reflex action from the gut to increase secretions in the respiratory tract, thus thinning thick mucous and encouraging expectoration.
  • VO & resin stimulates the production of white blood cells & macrophages and have been shown to kill various microbes producing direct antimicrobial effects.
  • VO may bind to TSH receptors on the thyroid, exerting a stimulating effect.

Pharmacy:

  • Tincture
  • Powder in cream or sprinkled directly on area, or added to water to make a paste

Safety & Toxicity Concerns:

  • In large doses may cause tachycardia, gastric burning, diaphoresis, vomiting, and catharsis.
  • Contraindicated in pregnancy and excessive uterine bleeding due to emmenagogue and potential abortifacient effects.

Interactions:

  • May interfere with absorption of many lipophilic drugs.

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