This section is from the book "Materia Medica And Therapeutics: An Introduction to the National Treatment of Disease", by John Mitchell Bruce. Also available from Amazon: The pharmacology and therapeutics of the materia medica.
The preserved pulp of the fruit of Tamarindus indica. Imported from the West Indies.
Characters and Test. - A brown sweetish subacid pulp preserved in sugar, containing strong fibres and brown shining seeds, each enclosed in a membranous coat.
Composition. - Tamarind contains sugar, gum, tartaric acid, acid tartrate of potash, citric, acetic, and various aromatic acids.
Tamarind is contained in Confectio Sennae, about 1 in 8.
Tamarind acts as a pleasant acid refrigerant and gentle laxative. For the former purpose it is prepared either as an infusion or as tamarind whey (1 part of the pulp to 30 parts warm milk), which is also a mild purgative, like the Confectio Sennae.