Kaolins are white, friable and refractory clays, composed mainly of kaolinite, i.e. aluminum silicates1. Originally discovered in China, they are the basis for the manufacture of porcelain, but are also used in the paper, glass, cosmetics and medical industries.
Adult: As adjunct to rehydration therapy: Up to 24 g daily may be used in divided doses. May be used in combination with other antidiarrhoeal agents.
Kaolin acts as a protective coating for the mouth to decrease pain associated with radiation-induced damage.
When it is applied to the skin, kaolin acts as a drying agent.
When kaolin is applied to wounds it speeds up blood clotting.
Kaolin is used for mild-to-moderate diarrhea, severe diarrhea (dysentery), and cholera.
Kaolin is used to stop bleeding and for a condition that involves swelling and sores in the mouth (oral mucositis).