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Mucilago Sassafras Medullae (U. S. P.)—Mucilage of Sassafras Pith.

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Related entry: Sassafras (U. S. P.)—Sassafras

Preparation.—Sassafras pith, two grammes (2 Gm.) [31 grs.]; water, one hundred cubic centimeters (100 Cc.) [3 fl℥, 183♏]. Macerate the sassafras pith in the water during 3 hours, and strain. This preparation should be freshly made, when wanted"—(U. S. P.). Sassafras mucilage has a bland taste, is thickish, colorless, and transparent.

Action, Medical Uses, and Dosage.—This is a soothing and refreshing drink for inflammatory conditions of mucous surfaces and in febrile disorders. It is especially applicable in dysentery. Locally, it is applied in conjunctivitis (acute), erythema, and various inflammatory skin disorders. It may be freely used.


King's American Dispensatory, 1898, was written by Harvey Wickes Felter, M.D., and John Uri Lloyd, Phr. M., Ph. D.



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