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Canada Balsam

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What other names is Canada Balsam known by?

Abies balsamea, Balm of Gilead, Balsam Canada, Balsam, Balsam Fir, Balsam Fir Canada, Balsam of Fir, Bálsamo de Canadá, Baume de Galaad, Baume de Galahad, Baume de Gilead, Baume du Canada, Canada Turpentine, Canadian Balsam, Eastern Fir, Fir Balsam, Gomme de Sapin, Pinus balsamea, Résine du Sapin Baumier, Térébenthine, Térébenthine du Canada.

What is Canada Balsam?

Canada balsam is a plant. People use it for medicine.

Canada balsam is applied directly to the skin to treat hemorrhoids and kill germs.

Historically, it has been used for burns, sores, cuts, tumors, heart and chest pains, cancer, mucous membrane swelling (inflammation), colds, coughs, warts, wounds, and as a pain-reliever.

In dentistry, Canada balsam is used in root canal sealers and pastes for cleaning teeth.

In foods, Canada balsam is used to flavor foods and beverages.

In manufacturing, Canada balsam is used in cosmetics as a fixative and fragrance and in ointments and creams. It is also used as cement for lenses and prepared microscope slides.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Hemorrhoids.
  • Burns.
  • Sores.
  • Cuts.
  • Tumors.
  • Chest pains.
  • Cancer.
  • Inflammation.
  • Use in dental products.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Canada balsam for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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