This section of the book is from "The Complete Herbalist" by Dr. O. Phelps Brown. Also available from Amazon: The Complete Herbalist: The People Their Own Physicians By The Use Of Nature's Remedies.
MEDICINAL PART. Resinous exudation.
Description. -- Larch is a very lofty and graceful tree, with widespreading branches. The buds are alternate, perennial, cup-shaped, scaly, producing annually a pencil-like tuft. Male flowers drooping, about half an inch long, yellow; female flowers erect, larger than the male flowers, and variegated with green and pink; cones erect, ovate, about an inch long, purple when young, reddish-brown when ripe.
History. -- The Larch grows in the mountainous regions of Europe, and yields the article of use and commerce known as Venice turpentine. The bark contains a large amount of tannic acid.
Properties and Uses. -- The medicinal properties are those known to be confined to turpentine.