Foreign. Grows in Egypt. We have from It two drugs; the Acacia juice, like liquorice juice, hard and black. Also the Gum Arabic; both astringent, useful in stranguries, and in coughs, hoarseness, etcetera. Given in solution. An ounce boiled in a quart of barley water, or in powder as an electuary. In diseases of the lungs, kidneys, or intestines, on account of its demulcent properties, it neutralizes irritation. Gum Arabic powdered, or in thick solution, is a good application for burns and excoriations, forming a crust over, and protecting the parts from the atmosphere. Combined with powdered resin, it is a good styptic. As diet it is nutritious. The wandering Arabs, sometimes subsist wholly upon it.
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