APOCYN. C. Indian Hemp.
Bryonia, China, Ipecac. It antidotes Quinine.
“This vegetable drug has been very popular in many parts of our country as a specific for dropsy. In the essays of Drs. Parish, Knapp, and Griscom (allopathic), cases are cited confirmatory of its popular reputation.
“Dr. H.D. Paine, of Albany, in a note to the, editor, says: ‘It is not less popular (in some sections of Western New-York) in the cure of diarrhoeas and intestinal haemorrhages than it is for dropsies in your neighborhood. In a recent case of haemorrhage of the bowels, which came under my care, the Apocynum had been administered with decided benefit; but its allopathic repetition in increased doses was followed by an aggravation to an alarming extent of the very predicament it first relieved, which it might have otherwise perfectly cured.
“My former colleague, Dr. Gray, and myself, published in 1835 the following curative results in our practice: 1. In two cases of ascites, which succeeded the use of immoderate doses of Quinine; 2. In a case of anasarca succeeding scarlet fever; 3. And in one of extensive oedema, especially manifest on the abdomen, attended with griping pains in the same, in a consumptive patient.
“Since then, in our experience, also in that of others, it has cured many, and palliated very many cases of ascites and hydrothorax.”. ED.