Thursday, 29 October 2015

Basics of compounding with balsams. (Article)

international journal of pharmaceutical compounding

Volume 17, Issue 6, 2013 Nov-Dec, Pages 490-495

International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding, Edmond, OK 73034, USA.


Balsams have been used in pharmacy for centuries for many different purposes. Balsams include benzoin, Peruvian balsam, storax, and tolu balsam. Balsams are aromatic and usually oily resinous substances flowing from various plants and generally containing some amount of benzoic or cinnamic acid. Historically, they have been used orally and topically in various formulations. Today, their primary use is topically in solutions, ointments, creams, and lotions. Today, the most common use would be in diaper ointments and to treat various skin disorders. Pharmacists are still called upon to compound various preparations using balsams.

Indexed keywords

EMTREE drug terms: balsam; balsam Peru; benzoin; Tolu balsam
EMTREE medical terms: article; drug formulation; Liquidambar
MeSH: Balsams; Benzoin; Drug Compounding; Liquidambar
Medline is the source for the MeSH terms of this document.
Chemicals and CAS Registry Numbers: balsam Peru, 8007-00-9; benzoin, 119-53-9