Preparation.—"Purified aloes, in moderately fine powder, one hundred grammes (100 Gm.) [3 ozs. av., 231 grs.]; liquorice root, in No. 40 powder, two hundred grammes (200 Gm.) [7 ozs. av., 24 grs.]; diluted alcohol, a sufficient quantity to make one thousand cubic centimeters (1000 Cc.) [33 fl℥, 391♏]. Mix the powders, and, having moistened the mixture with eighty cubic centimeters (80 Cc.) [2 fl℥, 339♏] of diluted alcohol, macerate for 24 hours; then pack it firmly in a cylindrical percolator, and gradually pour diluted alcohol upon it, until one thousand cubic centimeters (1000 Cc.) [33 fl℥, 391♏] of tincture are obtained"—(U. S. P.).
Action, Medical Uses, and Dosage.—This is a cathartic and tonic, but is seldom used on account of its disagreeable taste, aloes being preferred in the pill form. As a cathartic, the dose is from 1/2 to 1 1/2 fluid ounces. As a local application, on lint, it has been found useful in old sores, ulcers, wounds, etc.
King's American Dispensatory, 1898, was written by Harvey Wickes Felter, M.D., and John Uri Lloyd, Phr. M., Ph. D.