Diosmectite

Diosmectite is a natural silicate of aluminium and magnesium, taking the form of layers of fine sheets. Each sheet has an octahedral layer of aluminium surrounded by two tetrahedral layers of silicon. Also know as Smectites / Bentonite. Originate from the meteoric or hydrothermal degradation of feldspars, or other minerals. Found in massive rocky masses, suitable of industrial exploitation

Due to their properties, they exhibit high chemical inertness, high adsorption capacity, high internal surface area and high cations exchange capacity. When used properly, there are very few problems associated with the use of diosmectite. This compound is considered safe for infants to take and has a low instance of side effects. It is relatively mild in its effects on the digestive system. Considered safe for young children and infants as well as to adults.

Applications

It occurs naturally and is a common treatment for gastrointestinal illnesses. Diosmectite is a medication that is used to treat of severe diarrhea quickly and effectively. Also used in the treatment of coeliac disease. It has also been known to relieve inflammation in the digestive system and can also help to rid the body of certain viruses or bacteria.

Adsorptive properties of clay help in healing skin ailments. In combination, this has been used in various topical applications. Hence extensively used in cosmetic industry too.

Therapeutic Categories in brief
  • Skin ailments
  • Pharmaceutic aid
  • Antacid
  • Astringent agent
  • Antidiarrheal agent: Intestinal adsorbent
  • Protectant of gastrointestinal mucosa
References
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