A gum-resin, derived from Ferula galbaniflda, Ferula rubricaulis, and probably other species. India and the Levant.

Characters. - In tears about the size of a pea, or more commonly in masses formed by their agglutination; greenish-yellow or pale brown externally, milky-white internally, translucent, having a strong disagreeable odour, and an acrid, bitter taste.

Composition. - Gum resin and volatile oil. Dose. - 10-30 gr. or more.

Preparations.

B.P.

Dose.

Emplastrum Galbani.....................................................

for external use.

Pilula Asafoetidae Composita (vide p. 522).

.5-15 gr.

U.S.P.

Emplastrum Asafoetidae.................................................

for external use.

" Galbani ......................................................

Pilulae Galbani Compositae (vide p. 523)......................

2-4 pills.

U.S.P. - Pilulfe Galbani Compositae. Compound Pills of Galbanum (vide p. 523). This pill is much like the compound asafoetida pill, B.P., but contains less asafoetida.

Uses. - It has little antispasmodic power, but is a stimulant expectorant, used in chronic bronchitis with much wheezing and abundant discharge, as it lessens secretion. It is also used locally as a stimulant to inflamed joints.