Alhandal

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Alhandal was a term used in Arabian pharmacy for the purgative extract of colocynth, or Bitter Cucumber (Citrullus colocynthis).

Characteristics[edit]

The Troches of Alhandal, or Trochisci Alhandalæ, were a kind of troche, or tablet, composed of colocynth, bdellium, and gum tragacanth. They were esteemed good purgatives, and used on diverse occasions.

Etymology[edit]

The word alhandal is derived from the Arabic ﺍﻝحنظل al-ḥanẓal, a name for colocynth.

References[edit]

  • Salmon, William. Doron medicum; or a supplement to the new London dispensatory. 1683.