💊 Chemical information
Balsamum Styrax Liquidus; Estoraque; Estoraque Líquido; Liquid Storax; Styrax.
Pharmacopoeias.In Chin. and US.
USP 31(Storax). The balsam obtained from the trunk of Liquidambar orientalis (Levant storax) or L. styraciflua (American storax) (Hamamelidaceae). It is a semiliquid greyish to greyishbrown, sticky, opaque mass depositing on standing a heavy dark brown layer (Levant storax), or semisolid, sometimes a solid mass, softened by gently heating (American storax). It is transparent in thin layers, has a characteristic odour, and is more dense than water. Insoluble in water; soluble, usually incompletely, in an equal weight of warm alcohol; soluble in acetone, in carbon disulfide, and in ether, some insoluble residue usually remaining.
Storax has actions similar to those of Peru balsam. Purified storax or prepared storax was formerly applied as an ointment in the treatment of parasitic skin diseases. Storax has a mild antiseptic action and is an ingredient of some preparations for upper respiratory-tract disorders and for application to skin and mucous membranes. Skin sensitisation has been reported.
BP 2008: Benzoin Inhalation; Compound Benzoin Tincture; BPC 1954: Compound Iodoform Paint; USP 31: Compound Benzoin Tincture. Proprietary PreparationsMulti-ingredient: Fr.: Phytolithe†; NZ: Frador; S.Afr.: Turulington Tincture; UK: Frador.
Published May 08, 2019.