This section is from the "Henley's Twentieth Century Formulas Recipes Processes" encyclopedia, by Norman W. Henley and others.
Styptics are substances which arrest local bleeding. Creosote, tannic acid, alcohol, alum, and most of the astringent salts belong to this class.
A nostrum consisting of the water distilled from pine tops. (
Helvetius's Styptic—Iron filings (fine) and cream of tartar mixed to a proper consistence with French brandy.
A solution of sulphate disguised by the addition of some unimportant substances. Helvetius's styptic was for a long time employed under this title.
Gutta percha, 1 ounce; Stockholm tar, 1.5 or 2 ounces; creosote, 1 drachm; shellac, 1 ounce; or quantity sufficient to render it sufficiently hard. To be boiled together with constant stirring, till it forms a homogeneous mass. For alveolar hemorrhage, and as a styptic in toothache. To be softened by molding with the fingers.