The Chaulmoogra plant is found on large scale in several parts of Southern Asia. Generally the plant flourishes up to a height of between 15-20 meters. Its branches seem to be bent and saggy and are covered with leaves that are long. Chaulmoogra oil is extracted from the seeds of chaulmoogra. The chaulmoogra oil is generally in light yellow colour and is tacky to touch with a strong woody scent.Its botanical name is Hydnocarpus laurifolia. The medicinal usage of this oil is prevailing since several hundreds of centuries.
A further study of the Chaulmoogra oil will reveal several ancient and interesting tales associated with the discovery of this oil and its powerful remedies that it offers. One such common tale been of a prince of Burma who suffered from leprosy and Gods themselves guided him in using the seeds of Chaulmoogra oil for treating himself.
The Chaulmoogra oil is used on a large scale by pharmaceutical industries as it has essential properties for treating several chronic diseases.
The main elements found in this oil are Chaulmoogric acid along with palmitic acid
The oil is effective in treating several diseases like leprosy and severe skin ailments