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Carbon

COAL, BITUMINOUS COAL

 

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 dandruff.

 

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.

 

PARTS USED

Coal tar.

 

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

Coal tar.

 

ACTIONS

Alleviates itching; weak antiseptic; kills skin cells.

 

MEDICINAL USE

Prescribed in orthodox medicine to combat skin complaints such as psoriasis, dandruff, and eczema.

 

PREPARATIONS

Over-the-counter ointment, paint, paste, solution, gel, cream, and shampoo.

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