Chapter 28 - Medicinals A - Z
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28.5 E

Elder (Sambucus Canadensis). The flowers, berries and inner bark of the elder are used in medicine. A warm infusion of the flowers is diaphoretic, and gently stimulant. A cold infusion is diuretic, alterative and cooling; used in erysipelas, liver affections of children, rheumatism, scrofula, and some syphilitic diseases. The bark, pounded with lard, forms a useful ointment for burns and scalds, and some diseases of the skin.

Elecampane ( Inula Helenium). This perennial plant is a native of Europe and Japan, and is cultivated in this country. The root is stimulant, tonic, diuretic and expectorant, and is used in chronic affections of the lungs and air passages. It is said a decoction from the root forms a good application for the itch and other skin diseases. Dose of the powdered root, from a scruple to a dram; of the infusion, one fluid ounce,

Electro Magnetism. Within a few years, electro magnetism has been employed extensively as a remedial agent, particularly in the various forms of nervous disorders. That it is a valuable agent in the treatment of disease, few thinking physicians doubt; yet, like most other new things in medicine, it has bad its enthusiastic admirers, who have claimed for it remedial powers beyond what it really has, and who have applied it to purposes beyond its sphere of usefulness.

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