Other names: Gum myrrh, gum myrrh tree
Scientific name: Commiphora molmol
Common names: Commiphora resin
Ayurvedic names: Bola
Chinese name: Mo yao
Bangladesh names: Gyggulu
Arabic names: المر (al murr)
Rain Forest names:
Approximate number of species known:
Common parts used: Resin
Height: Upto 4 m
Actions: Anti-catarrhal, anti-microbial, anti-septic, astrigent, emmenagogue, expectorant, tonic, vulnerary
Known Constituents: Up to 40% resin, Upto 15% oil
Considered a very strong antiseptic and anti microbial. Myrrh has been prized since biblical times.
Very unpleasant tasting.
It has been used as a gargle and mouthwash, and for bad breath.1
Has been used for pyorrhea by brushing it on the teeth.1
Externally it has been used to disinfect wounds, generalhealing, and for hammaroids.
A total of 3278 patients attended Mansoura University Hospitals’ Clinics with gastro-intestinal troubles suggesting parasitosis were examined by direct smear and by Kato-Katz methods for parasites especially Heterophyes heterophyes.
Fifty clinically and parasitologically proved pure heterophyiasis patients were given Mirazid as two capsules for 9 successive days on an empty stomach an hour before breakfast.
All the cases were subjected to history taking and clinical examination before treatment and were followed-up for four weeks post-treatment. There was an overt clinical and parasitological improvement.
A total of 47 out of 50 (94%) were cured. Another course was given to the three patients who were still positive, but only two of them were cured (66.7%). The overall cure rate was 49/50 (98%) and none had any side effect.
Massoud AM, El-Shazly AM, Morsy TA. “Mirazid (Commiphora Molmol) In Treatment Of Human Heterophyiasis.” 2007 August http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17985576