Starch. FAecula of the Seeds of Triticum Vulgare. Common Wheat. Nat. Ord. Gramineae. Linn. Syst. Triandria Digynia.
Med. Prop. and Action. 1, an antidote in poisoning by Iodine; 2, a test for the presence of Iodine in the secretions: 3, in the form of powder, a cooling application in Erysipelas; 4, an absorbent powder in excoriations; 5, in the form of decoction or infusion, an emollient enema in dysentery, &c.; 6, to thicken bandages in fractures and diseases of the joints; 7, as a means of preventing Pitting in Small-pox, Dr. Belcher* mentions having used a thick mucilage of Starch as a local application, with excellent effect. The entire surface of the body was first sponged with tepid water. It is applicable also to various forms of Acute Skin Diseases.