Copaiba oil or
balm is extracted from the Copaiba tree (Copaifera sp)
by drilling holes in the trunk of the tree
It is a transparent, soft liquid with a bitter taste. Its color
varies from yellow to golden brown. Copaiba oil is mostly used for
medicinal purposes, such as treatment of inflammations and cancer.
The demand for Copaiba oil is growing in the regional and global
market due to its proven medicinal properties.
Copaiba is an incredibly powerful natural antibiotic and has already saved
many lives of injured people in the Rainforest. In some regions people
prepare a tea from the bark of the Copaiba tree for anti-inflammatory
purposes. In the city of Belem people now substitute Copaiba oil with
a concoction made from the bark of the tree, because it becomes more and
more difficult to find the oil. The bark is also used for preparation
of all kinds of syrups for cough. In the Peruvian Andes, Copaiba resin
is used for urinary incontinence, syphilis and catarrh.
Universal remedy from the Amazon
The traditional medicine in Brazil recommends Copaiba oil as an anti-inflammatory
agent, for treatment of dandruff, all kinds of skin disorders and for
stomach ulcers. Copaiba also has diuretic, expectorant, disinfecting and
stimulating properties, and is being utilized in the treatment of bronchitis,
sore throat, psoriasis, against parasites and as a contraceptive. In addition,
Copaiba oil serves as fuel, replacing the diesel oil in the oil lamps
as used in the Amazonian comunities. Copaiba oil can be used for industrial
production of varnish, perfumes, pharmaceutical articles and even for
revealing photographs. **
PATENTS ON COPAIBA
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||NOUVELLES COMPOSITIONS COSMETÍQUES OU ALIMENTAIRES
RENFERMANT DU COPAIBA
||WIPO - worldwide
||COSMETIC OR FOOD COMPOSITIONS
||METHOD OF COLORING HAIR OR EYELASHES WITH COMPOSITIONS
WHICH CONTAIN METAL CONTAINING PIGMENTS AND A COPAIBA RESIN.
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the term biopiracy applies to each of the holders of patents and trademarks
here mentioned. However we consider questionable the patenting and registering
of trademarks over plants that are traditionally used by the inghabitants
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- Taylor, Leslie. Herbal Secrets of the Rainforest.
Prima Publishing, Inc.. 1998
- Mahajan, J.R., and Ferreira, G.A.,
Ann. Acad. Brasil. Cienc., 43, 611 (1971) through Chem. Abstr., 77,.
- ESTRELLA, E. Plantas Medicinales Amazônicas:
Realidad y Perspectivas. Lima: TCA, 1995. 302p.
- MING, L.C.; GAUDÊNCIO, P.; SANTOS, V.P.
Plantas Medicinais: Uso Popular na Reserva Extrativista "Chico
Mendes" - Acre. Botucatu: CEPLAN/UNESP, 1997. 165p.