An exudation from Ornus europea.—Europe.
Dose.—Of Manna for an adult, from ℥j. to ℥ij., dissolved in aromatic water; for children, ʒj. to ʒiv., in warm milk.
Therapeutic Action.—Manna is a geutle laxative, sometimes causing flatulence and pain, and not used when active purgatives are indicated. It is adapted to persons of delicate habit, to debilitated states of the system, and when we do not wish to act on the glandular system, or promote the secretions. It is suitable for females during pregnancy, and in the puerperal state if active purging is deemed improper; it may also be administered in hemorrhoids, in cases of constipation, and in the treatment of various diseases of children. It is mild and pleasant, and in these respects it is preferable to many other agents of this class.