(Last Updated on : 04/02/2017)
Alum is the common name for the hydrated salts of potassium. It is generally known as Phitkari. Alum is prepared from alum shale in Punjab
. It is not mentioned by Sushruta
, in his list of metallics, but later many Sanskrit writers
gave its synonyms and uses.
Benefits of Alum
Alum is described as an astringent, and as useful in leucorrhoea
, strangury, vomiting, ulcers
, white leprosy
, eye diseases
, etc. It enters into the composition of several applications to the eye in combination with rasot
etc. It is seldom used internally.
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