Chapter 28 - Medicinals A - Z
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Feverfew (Pyrethrum Parthenium). In warm infusion, this herb is valuable in recent colds, flatulency, worms, irregular menstruation, hysterics, and suppression of the urine. The cold infusion is a tonic. A poultice made of the leaves soothes and alleviates pain.

Figwort (Scrophularia Nodosa). The leaves and root are diuretic, alterative, and anodyne, and in some places are used in liver complaints, scrofula, dropsy, and diseases of the skin. Applied externally in the form of ointment, or fomentation, it is said to be useful in piles, painful tumors, bruises, ringworm, and inflammation of the breasts. Dose of the infusion, from two to three fluid ounces three times a day.

Flax seed (Linum Usitatissimum). This is demulcent and nutritive, and is much used in coughs, bronchial diseases, inflammation of the urinary organs, bowels and lungs; chiefly taking the form of flaxseed tea. The infusion is sometimes used as an injection in dysentery and piles. Linseed oil is prepared from flaxseed.

Foxglove (Digitalis Purpurea). A biennial plant, growing in the temperate parts of Europe. The leaves, in proper doses, are sedative and diuretic, reducing the pulse, and increasing the flow of urine. In large doses, they are a narcotic poison. The medicine has been much used in inflammatory diseases, palpitation of the heart, and in dropsy connected with diseased heart or kidneys. When taken for some time, it is liable to accumulate in the system, and suddenly to manifest poisonous and alarming symptoms, as if a large dose bad been taken. The American hellebore is sometimes used in its place. Dose of the powdered leaves of foxglove, from one to three grains ; of the tincture, from eight to ten drops.



Frostweed (Helianthemum Canadense). This herb, also known by the name of rockrose, is tonic, astringent, and alterative, and Las been considerably used in scrofula; combined with turkey corn and queen's root, it is said to have effected cures in secondary syphilis. A decoction forms a useful gargle in ulcerations of the mouth and throat in scarlet fever and other diseases, and as a wash in scrofulous inflammation of the eyes. Dose of the fluid extract, one to two drams, three or four times a day.

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