Manna a concrete juice, is the production of the flowering Ash, Ornus, vel Fraxinus. Sometimes the juice flows spontaneously, or is obtained by tapping the tree. It has a sweet and slightly bitter taste, and is a gentle purgative, so mild in its operation that it may be given with safety to children, persons of very weak habits, and in pregnancy. In some constitutions, however, it produces flatulency, and therefore requires the addition of a suitable aromatic, especially when given to an adult. As it is a very mild purgative, it may be combined with a decoction of senna, or rhubarb, and an aromatic, say, a small portion of Cayenne pepper.
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