I. Introduction

(1) History of Aquilaria Agallocha Roxb (A.A.R)

The history of Aquilaria Agallocha Roxb, also known as argarwood, and A.A.R, has been regarded for centuries by the Asian , Egyptian, and Near-East civilizations as a rare and precious commodity. A.A.R is a kind of incense material that originated from Southeast Asia and India. A.A.R. has always been highly prized in all of the major ancient civilizations.

Due to the fact that there are many products out on the market claiming the same benefits, there needs to be a distinction made between agarwood and Aquilaria agallocha Roxb. (A.A.R). A.A.R. is the one and only original agarwood from the very beginning of time. Due to A.A.R's limited availability, several different strains agarwood have been developed throughout history. There are many products out there claiming the potency as the original, but they are poor substitutes for the real thing!! Throughout the web site, the name, A.A.R., which is the acronym for Aquilaria agallocha Roxb., is used in order to distinguish it from its substitutes and counterfeits.

Throughout the history, only the Kings and the very wealthy were able to benefit from its powers and now it can be available to the general public. A.A.R. was such a precious commodity that it was used as a gift among nations for their diplomatic purposes, while it reflected on ones' wealth and power. For more information about the historical records and stories regarding to A.A.R., please refer for Stories Page.

(2) Uses
There are several different uses for A.A.R.:

  1. Medicine: A.A.R. can be used as an anti-biotic. Very few natural and organic plants have the same kind of medicinal potency as A.A.R. It is one of the earliest recorded medicines found in early Chinese medical textbooks. The main function of A.A.R. is to remove the bad chi or energy from the body, which promotes circulation and blood flow. The effectiveness of A.A.R. is mainly decided by the "content of A.A.R. oleoresin"(or percentage of resin in A.A.R. chips or pieces used). For more detail about the medical potency of A.A.R., please refer to Functions Page.

  2. Fragrance: A.A.R. almost has no fragrance before burning. However, the beautiful fragrance generated while burning makes the most beneficial fragrances available. In addition, according to Chinese medical books, its fragrance can get rid of bad chi just as well when inhaled as when one takes it internally. This feature magnifies the value of using A.A.R for fragrant purposes. - The fragrance of A.A.R. can be enjoyed by: a. Directly burning the chips or pieces: The fragrance generated by this method has the best fragrance. However, it's very expensive to enjoy in this way since A.A.R. is extremely flammable. From the past, very limited number of people can afford to do in this way. b. Adding into Incense: Slow-burning incense with A.A.R. additive makes it an economical way to utilize A.A.R. The cost of the incense sticks varies on the actual quantity of A.A.R. used in the production of the incense. c. A.A.R. oil extracted from the plant: The A.A.R. oil is mainly used for perfume and Aroma Therapy.

  3. Natural carving: The high value of A.A.R. makes it become the good choice for collection and investment. Due to the fact that it takes hundreds of years in order to form high concentration of A.A.R oleoresin, the larger pieces of A.A.R. with a high percentage of resin is especially precious. After cutting out the wood portion, some of A.A.R. possesses special artistic shape- we call it Natural Carvings. The value of A.A.R. natural carving is exceptional.

  4. Decoration: It has been used to decorate boxes, belts, clothing articles, and musical instruments. Of course, most of these articles were the possessions of Kings.

  5. Preservative: A.A.R is the best preservative due to its strong antibiotic functions. In addition to using it as a preservative for the highest quality perfume, A.A.R. was the necessary ingredient in mummification in ancient Egypt. In Bible, after Jesus died, his wealthy disciple, Nicodemus, brought A.A.R. (pounded aloe-wood) to embalm the body of Christ (John 19:39).

  6. Others: People's love for A.A.R. is evidenced by the use of its color (dark green) in many of the formal attire of the palaces in China and Korea, and many of the buildings are also painted in the dark green color. In addition, Chen-Xiang(Chinese name of A.A.R.) Dance" was developed to express the public's love of A.A.R.

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