Monday, 25 January 2010

PILI (Canarium ovatum Engl. Burseraceae)

The PILI is large tree in height of 35 m and or more in diameter. The leaves are alternate, pinnate and about 30 cm long with usually tree pairs of opposite leaflite are ovate-oblong, 12-20 cm long and 3-7 cm wide, smooth and shiny on both sides, pointed at the apex and rounded base.

Medicinal use:
• The “saheng” (oleoresin) is used as a stimulant; a rubefacient ( an external skin application causing redness of the skin); and an antirheumatic when applied externally
• Poultices of brea (soft resin obtained from genes canarium) are used externally for swellings of the legs.
• Oleoresin, applied in the form of ointment, is applied on indolent ulcers.