This is an extract obtained from several trees of the genus Pterocarpus. It has been regarded as the most powerful of all the vegetable astringents, containing 70 per cent of tannic acid. Hence it has been found eminently useful in diarrhoea, dysentery, gonorrhoea, leucorrhoea, internal bleedings, and discharges generally. Externally, it is a good application to foul ulcers. It makes an excellent gargle for sore throats, and diseased uvula. It is useful as a styptic.
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