- What other names is Benzoin known by?
- What is Benzoin?
- How does Benzoin work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Benzoin.
People take benzoin by mouth for swelling (inflammation) of the throat and breathing passages.
Some people apply it directly to the skin to kill germs, reduce swelling, and stop bleeding from small cuts. Benzoin is also used topically for skin ulcers, bedsores, and cracked skin. In combination with other herbs (aloe, storax, and tolu balsam), benzoin is used as a skin protectant. This combination is known as "compound benzoin tincture."
By inhalation, benzoin is used to treat hoarseness (laryngitis), croup, and other respiratory conditions.
In dentistry, benzoin is used for swollen gums and herpes sores in the mouth.
In manufacturing, benzoin is used in making pharmaceutical drugs.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Swelling (inflammation) of the throat and airways.
- Hoarseness (laryngitis).
- Skin ulcers.
- Cracked skin.
- Other conditions.
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Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of benzoin during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Benzoin allergy: People who are allergic to benzoin break out in a rash when they use it.
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.
Benzoin might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking benzoin might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011