Tamarind Tree. Nat. Ord. CAes-alpineae. Linn. Syst. Monadelphia Triandria. Hab. The East and West Indies, &c.
Med. Prop. and Therap. Uses. The pulp of the pods (off.) is gently laxative and refrigerant. It is advantageously employed as a beverage in febrile and inflammatory diseases, infused in warm water or milk (of the pulp oz. ij., Water or Milk Oij.), or a whey may be made by boiling it in milk. It has one great advantage in tropical countries, namely, that it is procurable at almost every village, and at a very small cost. Its purgative effect requires to be aided by the neutral salts, by Senna, Manna, &c., and the addition of a carminative obviates the griping and flatulence which it occasionally produces. Tamarind pulp contains Citric, Malic, and Tartaric Acids, and Bitartrate of Potash.
Offic. Prep. Confectio SennAe. (See Senna).
Dose, oz. 1/4, or more.