A balsam obtained from Myroxylon toluifera. It exudes from the trunk of the tree after incisions have been made into the bark. New Granada.

Characters. - A soft and tenacious solid when fresh, but hard, brittle, and resinous-looking when kept, with a fragrant balsamic odour; soluble in rectified spirit. The solution shows an acid reaction with test-paper.

Composition. - Contains a resin, volatile oil, and free cinnamic and benzoic acids. Dose. - 10 to 20 grains.

Preparations

B.P.

Dose.

Pilula Phosphori (4 parts in 9).....................

Syrupus Tolutanus..............................

1 3 fl. dr.

Tinctura Benzoini Composita......................

1/2-1 fl. dr.

,, Tolutana....................................

1/2-l fl. dr.

U.S.P.

Syupus Tolutanus................................

1-3 fl. dr. (4-12 c.c.)

Tinctura Tolutana................................

1-2 fl. dr. (4-8 c.c.)

Uses. - As a stimulating expectorant in chronic coughs. It should not be used while acute inflammation is present. The syrup covers well the taste of chloral or butyl-chloral.