Galbanum

What other names is Galbanum known by?

Ferula galbaniflua, Ferula gummosa, Férule Gommeuse, Gálbano, Galbanum Gum, Galbanum Gum Resin, Galbanum Oleogum Resin, Galbanum Oleoresin, Galbanum Resin, Oléorésine de Galbanum, Résine de Galbanum.

What is Galbanum?

Galbanum is a gum-like material (resin) from the roots and trunk of a tree. It is used to make medicine.

People take galbanum for digestion problems, intestinal gas (flatulence), poor appetite, cough, and spasms.

Galbanum is sometimes applied directly to the skin for wounds.

In food and beverages, galbanum oil and resin are used as flavoring.

In manufacturing, galbanum oil and resin are used as fragrance in cosmetics.

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More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of galbanum 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 Galbanum work?

Galbanum might help fight certain types of bacteria.

Are there safety concerns?

Galbanum seems safe for use when applied directly to the skin. It is also safe when taken in food amounts. But there isn't enough information available to know if it is safe to take galbanum by mouth in medicinal amounts, which are typically larger.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Galbanum seems safe for pregnant and breast-feeding women in food amounts. But larger medicinal amounts should be avoided until more is known.

Dosing considerations for Galbanum.

The appropriate dose of galbanum 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 galbanum. 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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