We prepare a tincture of the fresh root, and triturations of the dried root.
In accordance with Professor Hale’s suggestions we have used this drug with good effect in rheumatic-bilious conditions of the system, brought on by checked perspiration, exposure to draughts of air, getting the feet wet, exchanging heavy for light clothing,. A group of symptoms like the following has guided us in selecting this agent: Slight creeping chills, no marked alteration of the pulse, soreness of the flesh, pains in the limbs, slight nausea, sharp pains through the forehead, dizziness.
Eight to ten drops in half a cupful of warm, sweetened water, the whole of it to be swallowed at one dose an hour or two before bed-time, or in tablespoonful doses every hour.
This drug has likewise been recommended and used with good effect in renal and post-scarlatinal dropsy.
Some of its analogues are Boneset, Bryonia, Arsenic, and Dulcamara.