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bismuthBismuth

 

Salts of this common mineral are still frequently used in indigestion remedies and are now also given in orthodox medicine to encourage the healing of stomach ulcers.

 

Found worldwide, the silvery-white crystals of bismuth have a long history of medicinal use, but poor results and side-effects such as anorexia and jaundice reduced bismuth's traditional applications. Now, however, it has been rediscovered and many products containing bismuth salts are still available.

 

PARTS USED

Bismuth, to make bismuth salts.

 

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

Bismuth.

 

ACTIONS

Antibacterial; protects the lining of the stomach.

 

MEDICINAL USE

In orthodox medicine, bismuth and certain bismuth salts used to be given for syphilis but have since been superseded by antibiotics. Now, some salts such as bismuth subcitrate are being used in preparations for indigestion and, since the discovery that peptic ulcers may be caused by the bacteria Helicobacter pylori, are being prescribed to treat peptic ulceration because they have antibacterial properties. Other bismuth salts are still applied externally for piles.

 

PREPARATIONS

Liquid suspension, ointment, cream, suppositories, tablets.

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