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Tinctura Cardamomi. U. S. Tincture of Cardamom. Tr. Cardam. Tinctura Cardamomi Composita. Compound Tincture of Cardamom.

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Related entries: Cardamom

Teinture (alcoole) de Cardamome, Fr.; Kardamomentinktur, G.

"Cardamom Seed, in No. 40 powder, one hundred and fifty grammes [or 5 ounces av., 127 grains], to make one thousand mils [or 33 fluid-ounces, 61/2 fluidrachms]. Prepare a Tincture by Type Process P, using diluted alcohol as the menstruum." U. S.

The strength of this tincture was doubled in the U. S. P. (VIII) in order to bring it into the 20 per cent. class; it is an agreeable but strong aromatic, and may be advantageously added to tonic and purgative infusions.

Dose, one-half to one fluidrachm (1.8-3.75 mils).


Tinctura Cardamomi Composita. U. S., Br.

Compound Tincture of Cardamom. Tr. Cardam. Co.

Teinture de Cardamome composee, Fr.; Zusammengesetzte Kardamomentinktur, G.

"Cardamom Seed, in No. 40 powder, twenty grammes [or 308.6 grains]; Saigon Cinnamon, in No. 60 powder, twenty-five grammes [or 386 grains]; Caraway, in No. 40 powder, twelve grammes [or 185 grains]; Cochineal, in No. 60 powder, five grammes [or 77 grains]. To make one thousand mils [or 33 fluidounces, 6 1/2 fluidrachms], Prepare a Tincture by Type Process M, macerating the mixed powders in seven hundred and fifty mils [or 25 fluid-ounces, 173 minims] of a mixture of fifty mils [or 1 fluidounce, 331 minims] of glycerin and nine hundred and fifty mils [or 32 fluidounces, 59 minims] of diluted alcohol and completing the preparation by using first the remainder of the mixture prepared as directed above and then diluted alcohol." U. S. "Cardamom Seeds, in No. 20 powder, 14 grammes; Caraway Fruit, in No. 20 powder, 14 grammes; Cinnamon Bark, in No. 20 powder, 28 grammes; Cochineal, in No. 20 powder, 7 grammes; Glycerin, 100 millilitres; Alcohol (45 per cent.) sufficient to produce 1000 millilitres. Moisten the mixed powders with fifty millilitres of the Alcohol, and prepare, by the percolation process, eight hundred and fifty millilitres of tincture. Add the Glycerin and sufficient of the Alcohol to produce the required volume." Br.

In this tincture and the one immediately preceding, the proportion of cardamom seems to be reduced, but official cardamom seed now means the seed recently removed from the capsules.

This is a very agreeable aromatic tincture, occasionally used as a carminative, but more frequently as an addition to mixtures, infusions, etc., which it renders pleasant to the taste and acceptable to the stomach. It is one of the most highly prized vehicles, not merely because of its pleasant flavor, but also on account of its beautiful color. The substitution of glycerin in the U. S. formula of 1880 for the honey formerly used was an improvement, as it increases the stability of the preparation.

Dose, one to two fluidrachms (3.75-7.5 mils).


The Dispensatory of the United States of America, 1918, was edited by Joseph P. Remington, Horatio C. Wood and others.



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