Chapter 28 - Medicinals A - Z

28.23 Y

Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium). A perennial herb, common to the Old World and New, and growing in old fields and along fences. It is tonic, astringent, and alterative, and has been used in intermit tent fever, bleeding from the lungs, excessive menstruation, wind colic, and chronic dysentery. Dose of the infusion, a wineglassful"'. three or four times a day.

Yeast ( Cerevisix Fermentum). Yeast is slightly tonic and stimulating, and has been used with advantage in typhoid fever; also in scarlet fever, and in all diseases where there is a disposition to putridity. The dose is from one to two fluid ounces every two or three hours. It makes an excellent antiseptic poultice for unhealthy and fetid ulcers,. especially if combined with powdered slippery elm bark and charcoal.

Yellow Dock (Rumex Crispus). The root of this perennial plant is alterative, tonic, diuretic, and detergent, and is regarded as very valuable in the treatment of scrofula, syphilis, leprosy, scurvy, and other skin diseases.

Preparations. Fluid extract, dose, one to two drams; solid extract, dose, four to five grains; syrup, four ounces of fluid extract to twelve ounces of simple syrup, dose, half an ounce to an ounce; rumin, the active principle, dose, two to three grains.

Yellow Jessamine (Gelseminum Sempervirens). This abounds in the Southern States, where it is cultivated as an ornamental vine. The root is a powerful febrifuge, narcotic and relaxant, controlling and subduing fever, quieting nervous irritability and excitement, equalizing the circulation, promoting perspiration, and rectifying the secretions. It is much used by the Eclectics of t he Western States, but the general judgment of the profession is that it is too powerful a remedy to be safe. My own opinion is, that the American hellebore is equally effective with the yellow Jessamine, and that its general use involves far less danger. Preparations. Fluid extract, dose, two to ten drops; tincture, four ounces to a pint of alcohol, dose, fifteen to thirty drops, and increase; gelseminin, the active principle, dose, half a grain to a grain and a half.

Yellow LadiesŐ Slipper (Cypripedium Pubescens). This perennial plant is called American valerian, nerve root, etc. The fibrous roots are tonic, nervine, antispasmodic and diaphoretic, and are used in nervous headache, nervous excitability, hysterics, neuralgia, and St. Vitus's dance. Dose of the powder, from ten to twenty grains. Preparations. Fluid extract, dose, half a dram to a dram; solid extract, dose, five to ten grains; tincture, two ounces to a pint of diluted alcohol, dose, half an ounce to an ounce; syrup, four ounces of fluid extract to fourteen ounces of simple syrup, dose, two to three drams; cypripedin, the active principle, dose, two to three grains.

Yellow Parilla (Menispermum Canadense). This is a perennial plant, growing in woods and near streams, throughout the country. The root has the properties of a tonic, laxative, alterative, and diuretic. It is valued in the treatment of scrofula, syphilis, skin diseases, gout, rheumatism, dyspepsia, general debility and chronic inflammation of the stomach and bowels. Dose of the decoction, from two to three fluid ounces, three times a day; of the solid extract, from two to three grains.

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