Chapter 27 - Introduction to Medicinals
Beet Remedy
Cayenne Pepper
White Pond Lily
Materia Medica
Articles to Accompany a Medicine Chest
Doses, Weights, etc.
French Dosage

27.3 Pumpkin

Pumpkin (Cucurbita Pepo)
Invaluable in treatment for Worms, especially the Tape Worm, also Inflammation of the Bowels and Bladder and retention of the Urine
Pumpkin Seeds

For the tape-worm, no other remedy has yet shown itself as effectual as pumpkin seeds. The seeds should be well bruised, and steeped in water. This should be drunk freely for several days, if need be. It is believed to be a sure remedy, even in cases of several years' standing. The expulsion of a worm may be hastened by having a movement over a vessel in which a quart or so of boiling water has been placed, which will have a tendency to relax parts so that the worm will loosen his hold the more readily. The drinking of the decoction of pumpkin seeds should be followed after an interval of an hour or so by a good saline cathartic, such as one or two teaspoonfuls of epsom salts.

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