SAPPAN WOOD a.k.a SIBUKAW...


wood of sappan tree
Caesalpinia sappan Linn  is the  scientific name of SAPPAN WOOD or the sibukaw in the bisaya, visayan term...usually found and live in the shaded places along rivers and is not intentionally planted here in the Philippines. Sibukaw tree is a native tree in Philippines and can be found mostly in the province of Negros Oriental.

      The sibukaw tree is mostly used as a native medicine of the visayan people. Some branch of the tree is used to sell in the small store or just in the bangkita, a small not permanent store, no permit from the government and can usually seen in some occasions such fiestas in the baranggay or in some tabo-tabo known for a market day in a such place. Some of the native herbal medicine experts sells the piece of wood about 20 philippine pesos with just about 6 inches length and a diameter of 1 inch.  


        When the piece of wood is being break down, it is immerse in a glass with water or some container. A couple of minutes the water in the glass turns to reddish and meaning to say it is ready to drink. You don't have to worry about the taste because it's just like drinking a mineral water, no taste at all. The said juices of the piece of wood or the sappan also known as sibukaw is known to detoxify our body. Big help to those who have kidney problems, some Folkloric  
- Decoction of wood and bark used for tuberculosis, atonic diarrhea, dysentery, postpartum tonic, skin infections, wounds, ulcers, and anemia.
- Seeds used for stomach aches and nervous disorders.
- Decoction of wood used by women as tonic after confinement; also used as emmenagogue and and for vomiting of blood.
- Dried heartwood used against inflammation.
- Decoction is used as diuretic.
- Roots, stems and seeds used as sedative and vulnerary.
- In Indo-China, seeds used as stomachic. Wood decoction used as emmenagogue.
- In Thailand, used for arthritis, cancer, and inflammatory complaints.
- In Ayurveda, useful in vitiated conditions of Pitta, burning sensations, wounds, ulcers, leprosy, skin diseases, diarrhea, dysentery, and diabetes.
- In Unani medicine, used to stop bleeding from chest and lung, for wound healing, to treat rheumatism, and to improve the complexion.
- In Keral, decoction of heartwood used for blood purifying, antithirst, and anti-diabetic properties.but some professional expert says, studies have suggested anti-anaphylactic, antibacterial, anticoagulant, anticomplementary, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antitumor, antiviral, cytotoxic, immunostimulant properties. 

     In my own opinion, I think this tree could be could be consider as the tree of life not the coconut tree. In such all of it's part's like bark, wood, heartwoood, and seeds. has a medicinal used even native people can say. There is a lot of studies of the sibukaw tree in other countries and has a lot of benefits that we Filipino knows nothing about it. 

    These are really the studies of some very professional and experts outside the Philippines...Studies
• Antimicrobial: Aqueous extract study showed antimicrobial activity against methicillin-sensitive S aureus (MSSA) as well MRSA and suggests a potential to restore the effectiveness of B-lactam antibiotics against MRSA. (1) Study evaluated the antimicrobial activity of various extract of C. sappan against various microorganisms viz., E. coli, B. cereus, E. faecalis, Bacillus subtilis, K. pneumonia. Methanol, ethanol, and acetone extracts showed effective antimicrobial activity against the bacterial.
• Immunosuppressive component: Brazilein, an important immunosuppressive component of CS showed inhibition of T cell proliferation and suppress mice humoral immune response. (2)


• Antioxidant / Heartwood: Study evaluated the antioxidant activity of CS heartwood in both in vitro and in vivo models. EA, methanol, and water extracts showed strong antioxidant activity in both DPPH and nitric oxide models. (3)
• Antioxidant: Ethanol extract showed strong superoxide anion radical and nitric oxide scavenging activity. Phenolic compounds were the major constituents for the antioxidant activity. Results suggest CS extract may be proposed as a dietary supplement for the prevention of oxidative damage or DNA damage by hydroxyl radicals.
• Anticonvulsant:Study of aqueous MeOH extracts isolated pure compounds sappanchalcone and brazilin which showed remarkable anticonvulsant activity. (4)
• Xanthine Oxidase Inhibitors / Protosappanins: Study of MeOH extract of Vietnamese CS isolated neoprotosappanin and protosappanin A dimethyl acetal which showed xanthine oxidase inhibitory activity comparable to allopurinol. (5) Protosappanin A isolated from the heartwood shown to have a mild sedative effect.
• Anti-allergic: Study of extracts of CS showed potent inhibitory activity against B-hexosaminidase release as marker of degranulation in rat basophilic leukemic cells. Among the compounds tested, sappanchalcone showed the most potent anti-allergic effect. (6)
• Hypolipidemic: A methanolic extract showed significant anti-hypercholesterolemic activity.
• Cardioactive effects of Brazilein: Brazilein, a molecule with a non-steroidal skeleton, obtained from CS ethanol extracts showed a positive inotropic action with little effect on heart rate and coronary perfusion, an effect achieved through inhibition of Na-K-ATPase system.
 (7)
• Hypoglycemic / Brazilin: Brazilin (7,11b-dihydrobenz[b]indeno-[1,2-d]pyran-3,6a,9,10(6H)-tetrol), the principle component of C. sappan, has been found to exhibit hypoglycemic properties and to increase glucose metabolism in diabetic rats.
• Nephroprotective: Study of an ethanolic extract of CS in male albino rats showed nephroprotective and antioxidant activities by histopathological and biochemical observations against acetaminophen-induced renal damage in rats. (10)
• Ovarian Cancer Growth Inhibition: Study showed C. sappan aqueous extract inhibited growth of human ovarian cancer cell line and induce apoptosis by increasing expression of Caspase-3, Caspase-9, and decrease expression of surviving. (11)
• Constituents / Anti-Tumor Activities: Study isolated 21 compounds (see constituents). Neocaesalpin A, brazilein, brazilin, and sappanchalcone exhibited moderate cytotoxicity against seven tumor cell. lines. A stilbene, (E)-3,Y-dime-thoxy-4,4'-dihydroxystilbene, exhibited hepatoprotective activity against D-GaIN-induced toxicity in WB-F344 cells. (13)
• Hepatoprotective / CCl4 Hepatotoxicity: Study of methanol and aqueous extracts of the heartwood of CS in CCl4-induced hepatotoxicty showed potent hepatoprotective activity comparable to standard silymarin. (14)
• Neuraminidase Inhibitory Activity / Anti-Influenza Virus: Study of yielded six constituents with neuraminidase inhibitory activity: Brazilein, brazilin, protosappanin A, 3-deoxysappanchalcone,
sappanchalcone and rhamnetin. Of these, 3-deoxysappanchalcone and sappanchalcone showed the highest activity against influenza virus (H3N2). (15)
• Anti-Arthritic: Study showed CS significantly attenuates CIA in rats by decreasing the levels of IL-1b, IL-6, TNF-a and PGE2 in serum and the expression of COX-2 and transcription factor NF-kB in paw cartilage. (17)
• Antihelmintic / Bark: Study evaluating the ethanol and aqueous extracts of CS bark against Pheritima posthuma showed anthelmintic activity with paralysis and death of worms compared to standard reference Albendazole. (18)
• Brasilin / Antibacterial: Study isolated an active antibacterial principle from CS, brasilin, which showed potent activity against antibiotic-resistance bacteria, notably methicillin-resistant Staph aureus and vancomycin-resistant enterococci, multi-drug resistant Burkholderia capacia. Results showed brasilin is bactericidal against MRSA. (19)
• Anti-Inflammatory: Study evaluated the effects of an ethanolic extract on human chondrocytes and macrophages. Results demonstrated an anti-inflammatory effect in an in vitro cell model of joint inflammation. Blockade of IL-1ß-induced NF-kB signaling and downstream pro-inflammatory targets may be beneficial for reducing cartilage breakdown in arthritis. (21)
• Antibacterial: Study evaluated the antimicrobial activity of C. sappan and Mimosa pudica against S. aureus, B. subtilis, P. aeruginosa, E. coli, K. pneumonia, P. vulgaris, C. albicans and A. niger. Extracts of C. sappan showed broad spectrum activity against both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria and fungi attributed to the identified alkaloids and tannins. (22)
• Brazilin: Brazilin [(6a S-cis)-7, 11b-dihydrobenz[b]indeno[1,2-d]pyran-3,6a,9,10(6H)- tetrol], is a major and active compound found in CS heartwood. It has been reported to possess antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-photoaging, hypoglycemic, vasorelaxant, anti-allergic, anti-acne, anti-oxidant properties. CS heartwood extract is safe and did not produce toxicity in both male and female rats. It is considered to be a safe natural compound with the potential as medicinal compound, as well as applications in food, beverage, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical industries. (Review) (24)
• Anti-HIV-1 Integrase Activity: Study evaluated an EtOH extract of C. sappan and its isolated compounds for anti-HIV-1 IN effect. Extraction from heartwood and roots isolated nine compounds. Compound 2, sappanchalcone exhibited the strongest anti-HIV-1 IN effect with an IC50 value of 2.3 µM.(25)
• Anti-Tumor Mechanisms / Review: Article reviews the studies done on the mechanisms on Caesalpinia sappan effects on tumors, including areas of cytotoxicity, tumor cell apoptosis, antimultidrug resistance, inhibition of tumor metastases, enhancement of chemotherapeutic effects, etc. (26)
• Wound Healing / Brazilin: Study evaluated the wound healing effect of standardized brazilin rich extract (BRE) from C. sappan heartwood. Results showed brazilin and BRE showed similar antioxidant and antibacterial activity (P>0.05). Cytotoxicity study showed brazilin and BRE was nontoxic up to 500 µg/mL concentrations. Results suggest BRE could be used as a potentiial herbal compound for the treatment of wound healing and can be a replacement for brazilin due to its similar biological activities and low cost production. (27)
• Anti-Cancer / Apoptosis Induction / HeLa Cell Line: Study evaluated the cytotoxicity activity of extracts from C. sappan heartwood against multiple cancer cell lines. Cell death through induction of apoptosis was evidenced by DNA fragmentation and caspase-3 enzyme activation. (29)
• Antioxidant : Study of 85% ethanol extract from C. sappan heartwood yielded protosappanin A, protosappanin B and brazelein. All showed in vitro antioxidant activity. The ECS, protosappanin A and protosappanin B showed more inhibition of MDA and scavenging of H2O2, while brazilein showed more scavenging of hydroxyl radicals. (30)
• Silver Nanoparticles / Potential Nanoantibiotic: Study reports on the synthesis of AgNPs using Caesalpinia sappan extract as a reducing agent to convert Ag+ to AgNPs. Results showed a source of potential novel nanoantibiotics against MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus). (31)
• Toxicity Evaluation: Study evaluated acute and subacute toxicities of sappan wood extracts in rats. For acute toxicity, a single oral dose of 5000 mg/kg of sappan wood was given to rats. Subacute study involved a daily oral administration at various doses up to 1000 mg/kbw for 30 days. Results showed the extract did not produce any acute or subacute toxicity in both female and male rats. (33)
• Cytotoxic and Apoptotic Potential: Study evaluated the anti-cancer potential of heartwood of C. sappan. In vivo study in albino mice using Ehrlich ascites carcinoma model resulted in increase life span. Analysis of apoptotic potential of water extract on HeLa cells showed a cell cycle analysis that was apoptotic in nature. Results showed the water extract from the heartwood of C. sappan showed promising cytotoxic and apoptotic potential. In vivo anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory activities were also promising. (34)
• Hahnemannian Clinical Verification: In a study of only acute cases, conducted to elicit the proving of C. sappan in Hahnemannian method and to introduce the medicine in Homeopathy, results suggest great potential in the treatment of vertigo. It can also be used in the treatment of headache, dysuria, eye pain, loss of appetite. (35)
• Antihelmintic / Antioxidant / Leaves: Study evaluated the phytochemistry, antioxidant, and anthelmintic activities of C. sappan leaves. Results showed C. sappan leaves methanolic extract has significant antioxidant potential compared with standard vitamin C. The methanol extract also exhibited potent anthelmintic activity against earthworm Eisenia fetida. (36)
• Hepatoprotective / Antioxidant / Acetaminophen Induced Hepatotoxicity: Study evaluated the antioxidant and hepatoprotective activities of an ethanol extract of C. sappan on acetaminophen (APAP) induced rat hepatic injury. C. sappan significantly (p<0.01) decreased hepatic parameters towards normalization in a dose dependent manner. It also increased the levels of SOD and CAT, GPX, GST, and reduced glutathione. Histological analysis showed attenuation of necro-inflammatory changes in the liver. Results suggest significant antioxidant property and protection of the liver from APAP induced oxidative injury and liver damage. (37)
• Inhibition of IL1ß-Mediated Overexpression of MMP in Human Chondrocytes: Exacerbated production of matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) is a key even in the progression of osteoarthritis. Study evaluated the MMP-inhibitory activity of ethanolic extract of CS extract in human OA chondrocytes. Results showed the MMP-ihibitory potential of the extract on human OA chondrocytes. In part, the mechanism might involved the targeting of NF-kB mediated promoter activation. (38)
• Antidiabetic: Study evaluated a chloroform extract of C. sappan used at two doses, 200 and 400 mg/kbw, administered orally for 21 days to alloxan-induced diabetic rats. Results showed significant (p<0.001) reduction of blood glucose, total cholesterol and triglyceride levels when compared to standard Glibenclamide. (39)
• Induction of Cell Death in Head and Neck Cancer Cells: Study evaluated the effects of a chloroform extract of C. sappan on cell death in head and neck cancer cells. Results showed noticeable decrease in viability of HNSCC4 and HNSCC31 cells (head and neck cancer cell lines) compared to that of HaCaT (control group) cells. The increase in cell death may be linked to increased cellular levels of p53 and p21.
(40)
• Cassane Diterpenoids / Anti-Cancer / Cytotoxic and Pro-Apoptotic Effect / Seeds: Study of seeds isolated five new cassane diterpenoids, phanginins R-T (1-3) and caesalsappanins M and N (4 and 5), together with seven known compounds 6-12. All were tested against 4 cancer cells lines: ovarian cancer A278) and HEY, gastric cancer AGS, and non-small cell lung cancer A549. Compound 1 showed significant toxicity against the four cancer cell lines with IC50 of 9.9 ± 1.6 µM, 12.2 ± 6.5 µm, 5.3 ± 1.9 µM, and 12.3 ± 3.1 µm, respectively. Compound 1 also dose-dependently induced A2780 cells apoptosis and promoted the expression of tumor suppressor p53 protein. Results suggest the cassane diterpenoids might have potential as anti-cancer agent. (41)
• Immunomodulatory Effects: Study evaluated the effects of various extracts of C. sappan on phagocytic function of macrophages. In vivo effect was evaluated by oral administration of the extracts on Swiss albino mice. In vitro potential was studied using peritoneal macrophages from Swiss albino mice. All extracts showed phagocytic modulation in vivo. An ethanol extract showed significant (p<0.05) increase in phagocytic activity. Increased phagocytic response was noted in murine peritoneal macrophages after extract treatment. The phagocytosis suggest an immunomodulatory effect through a nonspecific immune mechanism. (42)
• Natural Dyeing: A previous study reported on the effect of aluminum hydroxide on the mordanting of C. sappan dyeing. The study evaluated the inherent dyeing properties by analysis of color difference, air permeability, and characteristics developed by pre-mordanting, post-mordanting, or simultaneous modanting methods. (43)
• Attenuation of H2O2 Induced Endothelial Cell Damage: Study isolated eight compounds. Tectorigenin (compound 1) and sappanone A (2), 3-deoxysappanone B (3) and sappanchalcone (4) can significantly attenuate endothelial cell damage induced by H2O2. (see constituents above) (44)
• Sappanone A / Melanogenesis Inhibition: Study of C. sappan isolated homisoflavanone, sappanone A. It showed dose-dependent inhibition of both melanogenesis and cellular tyrosinase activity via repression of tyrosinase gene expression in mouse B16 melanoma cells. (45)
• Analgesic / Heartwood: Study of ethanol extract of heartwood of C. sappan and its three different crude fractions showed significant peripheral analgesic activity (p<0.001) in acetic acid induced writhing in albino mice. (46)
• No Mutagenic Activity / Cytotoxicity: Study evaluated the mutagenic activity of water extract of sappan heartwood. It showed no mutagenic activity at tested doses assayed by Ames test using S. typhimurium TA98 and TA100.. On genotoxicity assay, the extract showed cytotoxic effect to V79 cell line, without any toxic DNA effect at concentration between 5 and 200 µg/ml. (47)
• Cytotoxicity Against A-549 Lung Cancer Cell Line / Heartwood: Study evaluated the in vitro cytotoxic activity of heartwood of Caesalpinia sappan and roots of Anona squamosa. C. sappan showed potent cytotoxic activity with cytotoxicity inhibition percentage of C. sappan was 87% at 1000 µg/mL with IC50 value of 49 ± 0.03 µg/ml. (48)
• Brazilin Against A-549 Lung Cancer Cell Line / Heartwood: Study examined the protective effect of C. sappan and its major component, brazilin, against t-BHP (tert-butylhydroperoxide)- induced cell death. The inductive effect of brazilin was more potent than the extract. Results showed the extract of C. sappan and brazilin induce expression of HO-1 and the enzyme diminishes t-BHP-induced cell death in HEI-OC1 cells. (49)
• Brazilin / A Novel Collagen Receptor Agonist in Human Platelets: Study examined the effects of brazilin on platelet activation ex vivo. Results showed relatively low concentrations of brazilin (1 to 10 µM) potentiated platelet aggregation induced by collagen in washed human platelets. Results suggest brazilin acts as a novel collagen receptor agonist, and may offer a potential as anti-thrombotic agent targeting collagen receptors. (50)
• Hepatoprotective / Antifibrotic Effects / Thioacetamide-Induced Liver Fibrosis in Rats: Study evaluated the antifibrotic effects of C. sappan extract on rats with liver fibrosis induced by thioacetamide (TAA) and the expression of transforming growth factor ß1 (TGF-ß1), a-smooth muscle actin (a-SMA), and proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA). CS treatment significantly increased hepatic antioxidant enzymes in TAA-treated rats, with alleviation of liver fibrosis, and normalized the expression of TGF-β1, αSMA, PCNA, MMPs, and TIMP1 proteins. (51)
• Anti-Inflammatory / Analgesic / Antioxidant / Seeds: Study evaluated a seed extract for antioxidant, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory activities. The extract showed potent antioxidant activity by DPPH and H2O2 method, 73.9 and 77.7% at 300 µg mL, respectively, as compared to standard ascorbic acid. Extract showed maximum inhibition of 74.2% at 300 mg/kg by carrageenan induced paw edema method as compared to diclofenac. It showed potent analgesic activity at 71% at 300 µg/ml by writhing reflexes in mice. (52)
• Anti-Breast Cancer / Migration Inhibition Activity: C. sappan contains brazilin and brazilein compounds proven to have cytotoxic activity on breast cancer cells. Study evaluated the effect of CS extract on breast cancer cells migration inhibition using 4T1 breast cancer cells as model of metastatic breast cancer. Cytotoxic assay was done by MTT and anti-metastatic effect effect by scratch wound healing assay. (53)
• Proliferative Inhibition and Apoptosis of Human Gastric Cancer Cells: Study evaluated extracts of C. sappan on its effects on growth inhibition and cell apoptosis in human gastric (SGC-7901) cells.Growth curve of cell line showed inhibitory effects of CS extracts on cell proliferation. Dose dependent changes in morphology typical of apoptosis were seen 48 hours following CSE treatment. (54)
• Antitumor Effects of Purified Protosappanin B: Study assessed the antitumor effects of protosappanin B extracted from Lignum Sappan. Protosappanin B reduced the viability of human bladder cancer T24 cells and mouse bladder cancer BTT cells in a time-dependent manner (p<0.05 and significantly inhibited the growth of human colon cancer cell lines HCT-116 and SW-480, with IC50 values of 21.32 µg/ml (SW-480), 26.73 µg/ml (HCT-116) and 76.53 µg/ml (BTT) cells. Protosappanin B also significantly increased the survival of BTT tumor-bearing mice. (55)
• Sappanone A / Protection Against Cisplatin-Induced Renal Injury: Cisplatin, an anticancer drug, can cause nephrotoxicity due to enhanced inflammatory response and oxidative stress. Sappanone A (SA) is a homoisoflavanone isolated from the heartwood of C. sappan. Study showed SA inhibited cisplatin-induced kidney injury by activating Nrf2 and inhibiting NF-kB activation. Results suggest a therapeutic potential for SA in the treatment of CP-induced kidney injury. (56)
• Cassane Diterpenoids / Cytotoxicity Against HepG2 Cell Line / Seeds: Study of seeds of CS yielded four cassane diterpenoids viz., phanginin L (1), phanginin M (2), phanginin I (3), phanginin G (4). Phanginin (compound 1) showed moderate cytotoxicity against HepG2 cell line with IC 50 of 9.13 μg·mL.(57)
• Protosappanin A / Graft Survival and Attenuation of Acute Rejection: Study investigated the potency of protosappanin A in rat heart transplantation. Results showed protosappanin A or cyclosporine significantly prolonged heart allograft survival (p<0.01), alleviated myocardial pathologic damages (p<0.01) and decreased CD4/CD8 ratio (p<0.05) and inhibited perforin and granzyme B mRNA expressions in graft (p<0.05). Findings suggest protosappanin A prolonged heart allograft survival by significantly attenuating acute rejection. (58)
• Protosappanin A / Immunosuppression in Organ Transplantation: Protosappanin A from C. sappan has exhibited anti-rejection activity in heart transplanted rat. In the study, protosappanin A exhibited inhibitory effect on cell proliferation. It may act on T cells through inhibition of NF-kB activation and downstream gene expressions in IFN-r and IP10, while reducing T cell proliferation to induce an immunosuppressive effect. Results suggest potential therapeutic evaluation of protosappanin A for clinical organ transplantation or other T cell-mediated immune disorders. (59)


    As i have studied and harvest lots of information about sibukaw wood/tree... i therefore conclude that there is really big help in our health when in fact i used this also and drink some of it. Now, i have my own tree, planted 3 years ago and now bearing flowers with their seeds and i plant again. I do have stocks of seeds and i plant more. Some of you are interested about the sibukaw tree. 

     If you have a plan to plant for your future use. You can contact me...donkeydenkey@gmail.com  
I have lots of available SIBUKAW seeds!