A Materia Medica Botanica; Containing the Botanical Analysis, Natural History, and Chemical and Medical Properties of Plants

A Materia Medica Botanica; Containing the Botanical Analysis, Natural History, and Chemical and Medical Properties of Plants : Illustrated by Colored Engravings of Original Drawings, Taken from Nature. ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1845 edition. Excerpt: ...forms an extremely grateful drink for children, and from its moderate astringency, and bracing and tonic effect on the bowels, it will always be found to be a useful auxiliary in the treatment of this disease. _ In Pennsylvania and Virginia, the inhabitants use this plant for many other diseases, in rachitis, in debility, in fevers, as a diluent tonic, in rheumatism and contusions. Its almost universal use among the country people, who dwell where it grows in great abundance, as a remedy for diseases already mentioned, evinces the probability that it is frequently found efficacious, and there is little doubt the shrub is well deserving further and better attention.. When the bloody fiux prevailed as an epidemic in Rhinebeck, in 1781, and swept off the inhabitants daily, an infusion of Sweet Fern was employed with such success, that it was considered almost a specific. It produces perspiration without increasing the heat of the body. A 'conserve of this plant is likewise a good medicine in h rnoptysis or spitting of blood, provided it be taken in sufficient quantity and long enough persisted in. It may be taken in the quantity of two or three ounces a day, and if the patient be troubled with a cough, it should be made into an electuary with balsamic sirup. Chewing the root is also a good remedy, and, according to Schoef, stops blood-spitting. Though numberless medicines are extolled for expelling and killing worms, yet it is well known no disease more frequently baflles the physician's skill, and though a medical writer of the present age has enumerated upwards of fifty plants, all celebrated for expelling worms, yet the AsPIDIU1vI FILIx-MAs, Male Shield Fern, a very important genus of this family, is not included. This...show more

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  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236927877
  • 9781236927873