Galega officinalis. Goat’s Rue. *N. O. Leguminose. Aqueous extract, Infusion, or Tincture of whole fresh plant.
Backache. Debility. Kidney ache. Lactation.
*Galega, as its name implies, has an ancient reputation as a milk-gland stimulant. The *Galege are nearly related to Glycyrrhiza, the well-known source of liquorice. Carron de la Carriere (***H. W., xxvii. 79) tested its action on the milk glands of nursing women and found it rapidly increased the quantity and quality of the milk and increased the woman’s appetite. Dorretta (***H. W., xxix. 177) gave *Galega (he calls it *”Galega vera,” but doubtless it is Goat’s-rue), in liquid extract of the leaves, for a common form of backache, which he located in the kidneys, though it is unaccompanied by any sign of kidney disease. The medicine he says is also a most excellent reconstructive in cases of anemia and impaired nutrition.
*Compare: Agnus. c., Calc-c., in kidney-ache, Sant.