AMMONIACUM. The plant which yields the gum ammoniac is a native of the East Indies and Africa. The juice, which exudes spontaneously, or is occasioned to flow by incisions, hardens into a gum, which is ammoniac. Its medical properties are expectorant and deobstruent; in large doses, purgative and diuretic. Its sensible qualities somewhat resemble those of assafoetida. The best kind exhibits a yellowish colour without, and white within.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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