Unguentum Stramonii, Unguentum Stramonii Compositum.

Botanical name: 

Related entry: Stramonium.—Stramonium

Preparation.—"Extract of stramonium seed, ten grammes (10 Gm.) [154 grs.]; diluted alcohol, five grammes (5 Gm.) [77 grs.]; benzoinated lard, eighty-five grammes (85 Gm.) [3 ozs. av.]; to make one hundred grammes (100 Gm.) [3 ozs. av., 231 grs.]. Rub the extract with the diluted alcohol until it is uniformly soft, then gradually add the benzoinated lard, and mix thoroughly "(U. S. P.). Or, take of extract of stramonium, 1 drachm; alcohol, 1 fluid ounce; white wax, ½ ounce; lard, 4 ½ ounces. Dissolve the extract in the alcohol, then add the wax and lard, previously melted together, and continue the heat to evaporate the alcohol; strain while hot, and keep stirring till cold. This ointment may likewise be made as follows. Take of fresh stramonium leaves, cut in pieces, 1 pound; lard, 1 pound; yellow wax, 3 ounces. Boil together until the leaves become crisp, and then strain with expression. Prof. A. J. Howe preferred an ointment of stramonium made like the last mentioned. He used it in cases of hemorrhoids.

Action and Medical Uses.—This forms an anodyne ointment which will be found serviceable in irritable ulcers, burns, mammary cancer, scalds, irritable cutaneous diseases, painful hemorrhoids, and as a discutient to indolent ulcers. Like belladonna, though in a lesser degree, it relieves spasm and pain.

Unguentum Stramonii Compositum.—Compound Ointment of Stramonium.

SYNONYM: Discutient ointment.

Preparation.—Take of the bark of the root of bittersweet, stramonium leaves, cicuta leaves, deadly nightshade, yellow-dock root, each, 2 ounces; lard, 1 pound; Venice turpentine, 2 ounces; spirit, a sufficient quantity. Bruise the roots and leaves, cover them with spirit, and allow them to digest with a moderate heat for 4 hours; then add the lard, and continue the heat until the leaves are crisped. Lastly, strain and express through linen, add the turpentine, and stir constantly till cold (Beach's Amer. Prac.).

Action and Medical Uses.—This ointment is useful to discuss tumors of various kinds; it must be well rubbed on the parts, 2 or 3 times a day, covering them with cotton held in place by a bandage, after each inunction.

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