The balsam of Matariyya: an exploration of a medieval panacea

  title={The balsam of Matariyya: an exploration of a medieval panacea},
  author={Marcus Milwright},
  journal={Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies},
  pages={193 - 209}
  • M. Milwright
  • Published 1 June 2003
  • History
  • Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies
The products derived from the balsam tree (probably a cultivar of Commiphora opobalsamum [L.] Engl.) were employed extensively in medicine during the medieval period. This article presents a preliminary survey of the Arabic and European texts which discuss the varied medical uses of balsam. The analysis of the medical applications of balsam is organized into broad categories according to groups of illnesses and treatments. Although other sources of medicinal oleo-resin were available in the… 

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