Buchanania lancifolia Roxb.,

DeFilipps, Robert A. & Krupnick, Gary A., 2018, The medicinal plants of Myanmar, PhytoKeys 102, pp. 1-341: 6

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Buchanania lancifolia Roxb.


Buchanania lancifolia Roxb. 


Myanmar: taung-thayet, thayet-thin-baung, thingbaung. English: cheerojee-oil plant, chirauli nut.


China, India, Laos, Malaysia (peninsular), Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam. In Myanmar, found in Rakine and Yangon.


Leaf, Seed, Root: Used as laxative. Seed: Oil used as a substitute for almond oil.


According to the Materia Medica (Latin translation of the Greek Pedanius Dioscorides’ famous 5-volume book, considered a precursor to all modern pharmacopeias), this species is used in combination with others ( Shorea robusta  , Terminalia tomentosa  , and Acacia catechu  ) to soak extract of silajátu, a dark sticky unctuous substance (term applied to bituminous substances said to exude from certain rocks during hot weather; said to be produced in the Vindhya and other mountains where iron is abundant), which has been dried in the sun, to purify extract for use as tonic to treat urinary disease, diabetes, gravel, anemia, tuberculosis, cough, and skin diseases.


Nordal (1963).