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And we’re not talking about the actual blood of a dragon here, but rather the blood-red colour resin from a dragon tree (Croton Lechleri) that has incredible healing properties. Dragons blood also known as Dracaena cinnabari has been used in the medicine world for centuries, originating from a tree found in the Amazon, and is still used today through herbalists and traditional Chinese medicine.
Dracaena cinnabari, the Socotra dragon tree or dragon blood tree, is a dragon tree native to the Socotra archipelago, part of Yemen, located in the Arabian Sea, Western Asia, on the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula. It borders Saudi Arabia to the north and Oman to the northeast and shares maritime borders with Eritrea, Djibouti, and Somalia.
How is dragon's blood harvested?
Dragon's blood resin is also produced from the rattan palms of the genus Calamus of the Indonesian islands and known there as jernang or djernang. It is gathered by breaking off the layer of red resin encasing the unripe fruit of the rattan. The collected resin is then rolled into solid balls before being sold.
Dragons blood is commonly used to stop bleeding, treat intestinal problems, travellers diarrhea and more interestingly, used in clinical studies to prove decreased levels of radiation when administered to mice due to its anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties.
Another recent scientific study has shown nearly 90% of dried sap (from Croton Lechleri) was found to have one of the most potent antioxidants, proanthocyanidin, also known as Pycnogenol®; also found in grape seed extract. The strong presence of this antioxidant activity is said to explain the effect of Sangre de Dragon not only a broad range of DNA and RNA viruses, but also on stomach cancer, Chron’s disease, colitis and other digestive disorders, by reducing inflammation in the intestinal mucosa. The high concentration of bioflavonoids proanthocyanidins in dragons blood add to its impressive list of healing abilities to assist with eradicating intestinal parasites.
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Benefits of Dragons Blood include:
- Wound healing
- Anti-ageing skin care
- Food preservation
- Improves gastrointestinal health
- Anti-diahhreal properties
- Bacteria and peptic ulcer remedy (H.pylori)
- Therapeutic agent for neurodegeneration
- Lower fevers
- Mouth Ulcers
- Stomach Cancer
- Throat infections
- Skin ailments such as eczema and psoriasis
- Different types of herpes
- Tooth extraction, tooth aches and gingivitis (receding gums)
Vaginal antiseptic (good for after birth douches as well as many vaginal infections with no known side effects)
Sangre de grado, which in Spanish means the "blood of the dragon," has a long history of use for both its bark and the resin. It was first discovered by Spanish explorer P. Bernabe Cobo in the 1600’s where indigenous tribes all throughout Mexico, Peru and Ecuador were using the sap of the tree. C. lechleri resin and bark are still used in traditional medicine in both South America and China. It can be administered both internally and externally to stop bleeding, help heal wounds, and treat intestinal problems.
Preparations made from dragon's blood are found in several pharmaceutical products, some of them patented
There are four different types of species of Dragon trees and are characterised by their stunning umbrella shape and it can grow to be over 60 feet tall and over 20 feet wide. The role of sap in the tree is to heal the trunk of the tree and it has the same effect on human skin.
This plant can be found on sunny cliffs in limestone areas of steep mountains at elevations of 1,300–1,700 m. Standing 5-15m tall, botanists estimate there are currently only about 200,000 plants living in the wild and are becoming increasingly scarce due to excessive collection. Like almost everything else on this planet that is of beneficial use; due to habitat loss and over-harvesting, it has been listed as an endangered plant since 1987 on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
It is called Dragon’s Blood because the sap oozes red (instead of the usual white or honey colour) when the tree is cut for harvesting and is prized for it’s incredible medicinal and rejuvenating properties.
The sap itself has a strong variety of protective and restorative phytochemicals, which includes antioxidant phenols, alkaloids, antibacterial properties, lignans antiviral and anti-inflammatory compounds. These vital compounds help protect and rejuvenate skin cells, reduce redness, heals skin inflammation and minimises swelling. Dragon’s blood also contains a group of plant-based polyphenols called proanthocyanidins where a multitude of scientific studies have proven to repair collagen in skin tissue, which why it has become so popular due to its effectiveness in skin care products and more specifically, anti-aging/rejuvenating facial creams.
The main chemical components of dragon’s blood are flavonoids, but it also contains phenols, chromogen ketones, saponins, steroids and terpenoids. The People’s Republic of China, use it to treat chronic colitis, boost blood circulation for the improvement of blood stagnation, serious injuries and pain.
Some side effects have been reported in small cases as the following:
- Skin rashes
Not enough is known about the use of dragon's blood during pregnancy and when breast feeding. And based on this lack of information it is always best to consult your doctor before taking any supplements topically or internally.
Similarly, there is also no research showing the effects when used on children or infants. So again, it’s best to avoid using dragon’s blood on children or infants.
How much should I take?
The recommended dosage for adults is 2-4 drops per day on the tongue or in liquid. Apply in minimal amounts topically to heal wounds.
Always follow the directions on the supplements you purchase closely. There are no reports of overdose or adverse effects from taking too much Dragons blood, but it always best to be conservative rather than excessive.
A study on animals was conducted in 2011, where certain types of dragon’s blood may have blood-thinning effects. This was shown in products sourced from Daemonorops draco and Dracaena cochinchinensis.
For this reason, it is best to avoid taking dragon’s blood if you are currently taking blood thinning medications. Always talk to your doctor or health professional before regularly taking a health supplement and discuss with them whether or not this is right for you.
How do I store my dragons blood?
Store under cover in a dry, clean, cool well-ventilated place away from sunlight. Keep away from heat, sparks and naked flames.
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