Agaru (Agarwood)


Agaru Scientific Name

Aquilaria malaccensis

Agaru Other Names

English: Agarwood, Agilawood
Hindi: Agar
Europe: Agilawood, Eaglewood
Japan: Jinko
Chinese: Chenxiang
Sanskrit: Aguru, Loh, Krimji, Krumija, Krimijagdha, Anaryaka, Vishvaroopakam, Pravara, Jongakam, ShreshtaVriksha, Vamshika

What is Agaru?

Agaru, obtained from the Agarwood tree mainly known for its incredible fragrance, used in making incense has a pungent odor and bitter taste.

In Ayurveda, Agaru oil is prescribed for external application to relieve joint pain by balancing the Vata dosha.

Agaru Powder along with honey acts as an expectorant and helps in liquefying the mucus and clearing the air passages. It is Usha, i.e heat-producing, and helps in balancing Kapha dosha. It is found to be beneficial in treating Ear-Nose-Throat disorders, Asthma cough, etc. It also helps in managing liver damage.

Common forms of Agaru

Powder, Oil

Agaru is commonly used for:

  • Treating cough, cold, and Bronchitis
  • Promoting healthy appetite
  • Curing joint pain
  • Treating skin disease
  • Healing wounds
  • Eradicating intestinal worms
  • Treating bad breath (halitosis)
  • Ceasing persistent hiccups
  • Curing Chyluria (chylous urine) or milky white urine
  • Managing gout, and rheumatoid arthritis

Agaru Dosage

Powder: 1/4 -1tsp or as prescribed
Oil: 2-5 drops or as prescribed

Agaru Side-effects and Warnings

Common side-effects: Unsafe only if taken undiluted. Immediate symptoms might be chest pain, vomiting, difficulty swallowing/breathing where emergency medical assistance might be required.
Not so common side-effects: Not known
Pregnant and Nursing Mothers: Not enough scientific evidence to establish safety. Avoid use
Children: Not known.

Take under medical supervision only, if suffering from diabetes or heart disease.

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Avi Kumar

Avi is an irreverent hard-core Engineer turned Marketer, who is focused on unveiling the secrets of Ayurveda, scientifically. His aim is to research Ayurveda, take what works, discard what's superseded by new discoveries, and in all increase in human knowledge.

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