Elemi

What other names is Elemi known by?

Canarium commune, Canarium indicum, Canarium luzonicum, Elemi de Manille, Élémi, Élémi de Manille, Elemi Oleoresin, Elemi Resin, Manila Elemi, Oléorésine d'Élémi, Pimela luzonica, Résine d'Élémi.

What is Elemi?

Elemi is a tree. Its resin (gum) and oil are used to make medicine.

People take elemi is for treating stomach conditions and cough and as a stimulant.

In foods and beverages, elemi is used as a flavoring.

In manufacturing, elemi is used as a fragrance in cosmetics and soaps.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Stomach conditions.
  • Coughs.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of elemi for these uses.

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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How does Elemi work?

There isn't enough information to know how elemi might work.

Are there safety concerns?

Elemi is safe for most people in the amounts found in foods. There isn't enough information to know if elemi is safe for use in larger amounts.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of elemi during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Dosing considerations for Elemi.

The appropriate dose of elemi depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for elemi. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011

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