Lakawood is a type of liana native - Dalbergia parviflor from Southeast Asia. It lives in tropical, moist evergreen forests. Incense sticks and lakawood were recorded and brought to China in the 10th century. Lakawood was thought to be a valuable wood that could only be used by the Emperor or a high-ranking person in the country.
Lakawood is famous for its aromatic and therapeutic scent. In Chinese herbal medicine, it is used for wound healing, antibacterial properties, and calming effects.
Li Shizhen, a 16th-century herbalist and doctor, recorded that lakawood essence and powder were used as an astringent, a wash to clean wounds and stimulate granulations, as well as a deodorizer and disinfectant.
Natural chemical substances found in Dalbergia Parviflora include nerolidol, farnesol, furfural, aryl-benzofurans, and flavonoids.
Nerolidol has antibacterial, antiparasitic, and anti-biofilm properties. It may also be anti-inflammatory and aid in skin penetration. It could also be used as an insect repellent.
Farnesol is used by insects such as mites and other bugs as an insecticide and to attract one another. And, flavonoids were used to treat bruises, hay fever, and menstrual abnormalities. It was first mentioned in 304 AD as a way to keep wine fresh and as a type of wood that could be used to summon the holy spirits.
Lakawood has a long history and has been used to create art, amulets, statues, and decor. Taoist and Buddhist monasteries, on the other hand, use lakewood incense sticks or burners to meditate, invite, or communicate with the divine, as well as for prayer.