Sandalwood, Red (Santali lignum rubrum)

Published October 15, 1987.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)

Rotes Sandelholz

Name of Drug

Santali lignum rubrum, red sandalwood.

Composition of Drug

Red sandalwood consists of the heartwood of the trunk of Pterocarpus santalinus L. f. [Fam. Fabaceae], freed from sapwood, as well as preparations thereof.


Red sandalwood is used for ailments and complaints of the gastrointestinal tract, as a diuretic, astringent, for "blood purification" and for cough.


None known.


The therapeutic administration of red sandalwood cannot be recommended, since its effectiveness has not been documented.