DIFFERENTIATION BETWEEN KYNAM AND NORMAL AGARWOOD
According to traditional knowledge, Agarwood might have some effects toward central nervoussystem such as higher brain function, from fold medicine use as a sedative. In 2006, Japanese scientistsfound in Kynam collected in Khanh Hoa province a new spirovetivane-type sesquiterpene
Sesquiterpene (*) has the highest grade significantly induced the brain-derived neurotrophic factor(BDNF) exon III
V mRNA expression in rat cortical cells (see www.scribd.com/doc/26509503). One
of our customer has tried using Kynam to treat his headache (megrim, migraine) and sleep disorder(insomnia). Until now, we did not find the sesquiterpene (*) in our normal agarwood chips.
So the sesquiterpene (*) might be used as one of the important indications of quality evaluation of Kynam.
Could you please help us by asking the modern laboratory of your country to find the sesquiterpene (*)in the Kynam piece. See also www.scribd.com/doc/26509806.
You can make preliminary differentiation by using your perceptive intuition as follows (according toDr. of biology Vo Van Chi):
@ Popular test without burning a Kynam piece
To wet Kynam piece by a small quantity of warm water, afterwards tightly wrap it by a nylonsheet (a banana ocrea is better) then you open it after about 10 minutes of exposure to the sunyour will find a sweet-smelling aroma that you cannot see in normal agarwood chips.-
To chew a tiny splinter of Kynam piece you can find in your tongue tip several tastes like acrid,sweet, bitter and somewhat sour. But for normal agarwood, you can find bitter taste only.
@ Popular test when burning a Kynam piece
When burning a small chip of Kynam piece you can see a straight smoke rising up that isslowly disappeared and accompanied by a captivating aroma-
When burning a small chip of normal Agarwood you can see a spiral smoke that is swiftlydisappeared and also accompanied by a scented fragrance.