The healing power of real pockwood

Pokhout is a tropical hardwood species and is one of the strongest wood species on earth. Pokwood is the type of wood with the greatest density. This type of wood originally comes from South America. Pokwood is a strong medicinal wood that is sometimes used in herbal liqueurs for its pleasant aroma. In Germany, 20,000 kilos of this wood are imported annually. To protect the tree species against excessive commercial use, it is on the CITES list of protected plants. Pokhout is a strong and heavy wood that does not float on water. Nowadays it is used in phytotherapy and homeopathy, mainly for blood purification. NB! This article is written from the personal view of the author and may contain information that is not scientifically substantiated and/or in line with the general view.


  • General use pockwood
  • Naming
  • History of use of pockwood
  • Active substances pockwood
  • Real pockwood, good for blood purification
  • Other effects real pockwood
  • Dose and safety

General use pockwood

It contains a lot of resin and is therefore often used in shipbuilding. The kingpin of a mill runs on pockwood. Clocks were also made of pockwood for a long time so that the rotating parts did not need to be lubricated; this wood contains so much greasy oil that it lubricates itself. In addition to these everyday uses, pockwood has traditionally been used for its medicinal properties. Nowadays it is used in phytotherapy for its anti-inflammatory and blood purifying properties.


The Latin name of real pockwood is Guajacum officinale . The Dutch name pokhout comes from the fact that this plant was used to treat syphilis, a disease that used to be called Spanish smallpox. Among physicians, this natural medicine is often called guaiacum. In Dutch, guaiac wood is the official name. This plant is referred to in Latin as lignum vitae, which means tree of life.

History of use of pockwood

Guaja wood was traditionally used medicinally by the Mayans. It was the main remedy for syphilis. Because this disease was prevalent in Europe in the 17th century, the wood was transported there and became famous as a syphilis medicine. Doctors soon discovered that it also helped with exanthema, gout and rheumatic diseases. In Europe it was given the name Palo Santo or sacred wood, not to be confused with palo santo which is sometimes sold as a means by South American Shamans to drive away evil spirits.

Active substances pockwood

For pockwood, the wood itself or the resin in the wood is used. This wood contains the following active substances: lignans such as furoguajacidine, guajacine, furoguajacine and furoguajaxidine, resins including guajaretic acid, hydroguajaretic acid, guajacinic acid and alpha and beta guajaconic acid, essential oil including guajacol, guajazulene and guajaxide, triterpenoids such as guajaguttin and guajasaponin, vanillin and minerals.

Real pockwood, good for blood purification

Real pockwood has a depurative or blood purifying effect. This is because it is diaphoretic and diuretic. This causes toxins to be removed from the body more quickly. In addition, real pockwood has laxative properties that allow waste products to leave the body more quickly. In addition, this medicinal type of wood has an anti-inflammatory effect. Due to these medicinal properties, real pockwood is used in phytotherapy for:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis,
  • Gout,
  • Hyperuricemia or increased uric acid levels,
  • Autoimmune diseases.

Other effects real pockwood

  • Real pockwood stimulates salivation and is an adequate mouthwash.
  • In low doses, poxwood is a diuretic or diuretic.
  • In high doses, pockwood is a laxative.

Dose and safety

  • Of real pockwood, 4.5 grams of wood are used per day.
  • Four cups of decoction of 25 to 50 grams of wood to one liter of water.

Real pockwood is no longer often used in phytotherapy. This is despite the fact that the plant has no side effects if the therapeutic dose is maintained. People with gastritis or stomach ulcers should really avoid pockwood because it contains a lot of resins.