Brucea javanica is a shrub or small tree grown in tropical and subtropical areas of China. It has been used in Traditional Chinese medicine since ancient times, for its use in treating lung, prostate and gastrointestinal cancers. The primary chemical components are tetracyclic triterpene quassinoids.
B. javanica has received increased attention relating to its significant antiprotozoal effects. In a recent study conducted on broiler chickens infested with Eimeria tenella, experiments revealed that B. javanica extract significantly reduced the severity of clinical signs.
Research shows that B. javanica extract exhibits in vitro antifungal activity against seven oral Candida species.