Sangre de grado, also known as dragon’s blood, is a highly valued natural resin among indigenous communities in the Peruvian jungle regions due to its unique properties. This resin, extracted from trees of the Croton genus (Euphorbiaceae), has a reddish color, viscous texture, herbal scent, and astringent taste. One of its most prominent and recognized uses is as a wound healer.
Extensively studied and traditionally used for its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and hemostatic properties, sangre de grado is effective in treating burns, cuts, and ulcers. It has gained recognition from both indigenous communities that have used it for centuries and the modern scientific community. It can be applied directly to the skin or taken orally.
How does dragon’s blood work?
Dragon’s blood contains bioactive compounds such as polyphenols (proanthocyanidins) and alkaloids (taspine), which play a crucial role in the healing process. When applied to a wound dragon’s blood stimulates wound contraction, promotes scar formation, and accelerates skin regeneration.
Its anti-inflammatory action, attributed to the alkaloids (taspine), helps reduce inflammation and redness, providing relief for open wounds and burns.
Regarding its wound-healing capacity:
Dragon’s blood contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that stimulate the healing process and reduce skin inflammation. It also contains antimicrobial compounds such as flavonoids, phenolics, and anthocyanins, which have bacteriostatic, bactericidal, fungicidal, and antiviral effects, helping in the prevention of wound infections. It acts against a wide range of pathogenic microorganisms, including gram-positive bacteria, fungi, and viruses. By keeping the wound free from infectious agents, Dragon’s blood creates an optimal environment for healing.
Its anti-inflammatory action helps reduce inflammation in the wound, accelerating the healing process. Furthermore, Dragon’s blood stimulates collagen synthesis, promoting the formation of an extracellular matrix for the developing new skin.
It is important to note that the tannins and alkaloids (taspine) present in the resin have astringent properties, which are effective in treating gastric ulcers by reducing them.
In addition to conventional Dragon’s blood, we offer tindalized Dragon’s blood, which has gained greater commercial relevance. Let us explain what this process consists of:
Tindalized dragon’s blood
The tindalization process is carried out in order to reduce the microbial charge present in the grade blood. By the application of heat during a certain time interval (similar to a water bath) reduces the possible microbial charge present in the product.
The significance of this process lies precisely in this crucial aspect. Since Dragon’s blood is manually collected, there is a higher risk of contamination. Therefore, the tindalization process ensures once again the reduction of microorganisms, guaranteeing its quality and purity.
Furthermore, besides its topical application, which involves direct application to the skin, it can also be consumed orally to obtain internal benefits. However, it is important to consider that the dosage and frequency of consumption may vary depending on the product’s presentation and the manufacturer’s or healthcare professional’s recommendations.
It is important to remember that although tindalized Dragon’s blood has beneficial properties, each individual is unique and may react differently. Therefore, it is always recommended to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any treatment or supplementation.
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