Vinum Aloes (N. F.)—Wine of Aloes.
Related entry: Aloe.—Aloes
Preparation.—"Purified aloes (U. S. P.), sixty grammes (60 Gm.) [2 ozs. av., 51 grs.]; cardamom, ten grammes (10 Gm.) [154 grs.]; ginger, ten grammes (10 Gm.) [154 grs.]; stronger white wine (F. 440), a sufficient quantity to make one thousand grammes (1000 Gm.) [2 lbs. av., 3 ozs., 120 grs.]. Mix the aloes, cardamom, and ginger, and reduce them to a moderately coarse (No. 40) powder. Macerate the powder with nine hundred grammes (900 Gm.) [1 lb. av., 15 ozs., 327 grs.] of stronger white wine for 7 days, with occasional agitation, and filter through paper, adding, through the filter, enough stronger white wine to make the filtered liquid weigh one thousand grammes (1000 Gm.) [2 lbs. av., 3 ozs., 120 grs.]"—(Nat. Form.).
Action, Medical Uses, and Dosage.—(See Aloe.) A preparation of repulsive taste, employed to overcome constipation, when associated with flatulence or menstrual tardiness. Dose, as a laxative, about 4 fluid drachms.