Prepared Storax. Liquid Balsam, from Liquidambar Orientale (Ph. B.); from Styrax Officinale (Pereira). Nat. Ord. Styraceae. Linn. Syst. Decan-dria Monogynia. Source, Southern Europe and Asia Minor. There are several varieties of Storax met with in commerce; the most esteemed are the Liquid Storax (officinal, purified by means of Rectified Spirit and straining), and the Styrax Calamita, which occurs in large brown cakes. Comp. a volatile oil (Styrol), Cinnamic Acid, a crystallizable substance (Styracine), and a peculiar resin.
» Dict. Pract. Med., vol. i. p. 818.
Lancet, No. 707, p. 911.
Med. Prop. and Action. Stimulant expectorant. It exercises a powerful influence on mucous membranes, particularly on those of the respiratory and genito-urinary organs. It is stated by M. L'Heritier* to be an efficient substitute for Copaiba. Its use, in consequence of the Cinnamic Acid it contains, increases the quantity of Hippuric Acid in the urine (Pereira). It is contra-indicated in all inflammatory states of the mucous membranes. The Pil. Styracis Co. (Pharm. Lond.) (strained Storax 3vj., Opium 3ij., Saffron 3ij.) is a good form for internal use. Qffic. Prep. Tinctura Benzoini Composite. (See Benzoinum.) Dose of prepared Storax, gr. v. - gr. xx., in pill or emulsion.
In purely Chronic Bronchitis, Catarrh, and Asthma, the compound Storax pill occasionally proves useful. It was formerly held in high esteem, but is now rarely employed. Any degree of inflammation contra-indicates its use.
2653. To indolent and ill-conditioned Ulcers, liquid Storax has been employed locally with advantage, improving the character and quantity of the discharge, and apparently favouring the healing process.
2655. In Paralysis, Cullen speaks favourably of a stimulant embrocation, composed of one part of Storax and two of black Basilicon.
Succinum. See Amber.