Sodium Sulfate Structure
Sodium sulfate is a white crystalline solid with the formula Na2SO4. It is highly soluble in water. It is a chemical raw material and industrial by-product. It is produced by the reaction of sulphuric acid with magnesium sulfate and also by the Leblanc process. It is used as a drying agent and as a filler in powdered laundry detergents and cleaning products.
Natural Sodium Sulfate
Natural sodium sulfate is an important mineral. It is found in large concentrations in salt lakes throughout China, especially those in Inner Mongolia, Qinghai and Tibet. It is also produced by the dehydration of mirabilite. It can also be obtained by the precipitation of sulfate from solutions in aqueous solution, or by the reaction of sulfate with concentrated sulphuric acid.
It is used in medicine as a purgative and commercial aperient salts. It is also used as a laxative and has anti-inflammatory effects. It is also a strong digestive aid and can help with stomach ulcers.
Oral administration of a large amount is recommended. Since the ions are not easily absorbed and can maintain a large amount of water in the intestine, it can mechanically stimulate the intestinal mucosa, soften fecal matter, accelerate defecation, and can eliminate the toxins in the bowel and parasites from the body. It is clinically mainly used to treat constipation of the large intestine, elimination of intestinal poisons and parasites.
It is not known to cause any serious side effects in healthy individuals, but some may be sensitive to it. If you have any questions or concerns about sodium sulfate, contact your physician or pharmacist.