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demulcent

 [de-mul´sent]
1. soothing; bland.
2. a soothing mucilaginous or oily medicine or application.

de·mul·cent

(dĕ-mŭl'sent),
1. Soothing; relieving irritation.
2. An agent, such as a mucilage or oil, that soothes and relieves irritation, especially of the mucous surfaces.
[L. de-mulceo, pp. -mulctus, to stroke lightly, to soften]

demulcent

/de·mul·cent/ (de-mul´sint)
1. soothing; bland.
2. a soothing mucilaginous or oily medicine or application.

demulcent

(dĭ-mŭl′sənt)
adj.
Serving to soothe or soften.
n.
A soothing, usually mucilaginous or oily substance, such as glycerin or lanolin, used especially to relieve pain in inflamed or irritated mucous membranes.

demulcent

[dimul′sənt]
Etymology: L, demulcere, to stroke down
1 n, any of several oily substances used for soothing and reducing irritation of surfaces that have been abraded or irritated, especially mucosal surfaces.
2 adj, soothing, as a counterirritant or balm.

demulcent

Herbal medicine
A herb that soothes, softens and protects mucous membranes through a medical or mechanical effect; demulcents include chickweed (Stellaria media), coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara), comfrey (Symphytum officinale), Irish moss (Chrondrus crispus), marshmallow (Althaea officinalis), slippery elm (Ulmus fulva).

demulcent

Pharmacology A protective, often viscid preparation, used to alleviate irritation of mucous membranes or abraded skin; by providing a rapid cover, the effects of local mechanical, chemical or bacterial irritants are diminished, as is pain and spasms, and drying prevented. See Binding agent.

de·mul·cent

(dĕ-mŭl'sĕnt)
1. Soothing; relieving irritation.
2. An agent, such as a mucilage or oil, that soothes and relieves irritation, especially of the mucous surfaces.
[L. de-mulceo, pp. -mulctus, to stroke lightly, to soften]

demulcent

1. Soothing.
2. An oily substance used to relieve pain or discomfort in inflamed, irritated or abraded skin or mucous membranes.

de·mul·cent

(dĕ-mŭl'sĕnt)
1. Soothing; relieving irritation.
2. An agent that relieves irritation.
[L. de-mulceo, pp. -mulctus, to stroke lightly, to soften]

demulcent

1. soothing; bland.
2. a soothing mucilaginous or oily medicine or application.

alimentary demulcent
substances of high molecular mass and good solubility that lubricate, coat and protect the mucosa of the upper alimentary tract. Usually they mask unpleasant tastes, stabilize emulsions, and act as suspension agents. Methyl cellulose, gum tragacanth, agar, mineral oil and propylene glycol are used for this purpose.
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It contains licorice and marshmallow, which have a long history of use in traditional herbal medicine as demulcents by soothing and relieving the lining of the mouth and throat.
Demulcents (from Latin, demulcere: to caress soothingly) are basically syrup-, glycerol- or honey-containing mixtures that are supposed to reduce irritation by coating the inflamed lining of the airways (the fact that they cannot possibly enter the airways and just coat the back of the throat rather flies in the face of this theory).
Demulcents, such as alginic acid, Ceratonia siliqua (carob), U/mar rubra (slippery elm), A/thaea officinalis (marshmallow), and Aloe vera (aloe) leaf gel can reduce acute symptoms and heal acid-damaged tissues.
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She enhances gut repair with the use of soluble fiber, demulcents, omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, and glutamine.
glabra have been consumed for the past 6000 years and are used as flavoring and sweating agents, demulcents, and expectorants in the Western world and as antiallergic and anti-inflammatory agents in Japan and China (Chandler, 1985; Mitschner et al.
Iridology indicators for herbal treatment of the gastrointestinal system reveal the iris signs for the use of bitters, carminatives, demulcents, immune modulators, laxatives, restoratives and spasmolytics in the treatment of the GIT.
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