Bituminous coal is the main kind
of coal used as a medicinal source. Distilled, it gives rise to coal tar,
which provides a common orthodox treatment for eczema, psoriasis, and
Coal, the fossil we take for
granted, is transformed over many millions of years from compressed plants
to a hard black mineral. The main kind of coal used as a medicinal source is
known as bituminous coal, which can also fuel a living room fire. The
destructive distillation of coal gives rise to coal gas, various grades of
tar, and coke. More than 200 substances can be made from coal tars. Some of
these substances form the basis of the most criticized food colourings,
others are useful medically.
Alleviates itching; weak
antiseptic; kills skin cells.
Prescribed in orthodox medicine
to combat skin complaints such as psoriasis, dandruff, and eczema.
Over-the-counter ointment, paint,
paste, solution, gel, cream, and shampoo.