Tolu Balsam.

Botanical name: 

P. E.—Balsam of myroxylon toluiferum.
N. O.—Leguminosae.
N. H.—Central America.

Properties: Stimulant, expectorant.

Use: Has a tonic influence upon the mucous membrane. A good remedy in bronchial irritation of the chronic or subacute form. It appears to stimulate to normal action and is therefore of value in dry, hacking cough, as well as where there is great excess in expectoration the result of relaxed condition of the mucous membrane. As it is not objectionable to the stomach it is a remedy that can be recommended. However as a single remedy it is hardly effective enough, but makes a valuable menstruum for other indicated remedies in conditions as stated. It is readily eliminated by the kidneys. Where sedative effects are needed syrup prunus should be used as menstruum instead of syrup tolu.

The Materia Medica and Clinical Therapeutics, 1905, was written by Fred J. Petersen, M.D.