This evergreen ranks with Buchu, Pareira-brava, Uva-ursi,. as a remedy for urinary affections. It has been used in calculous and dropsical affections, more particularly in ascites. According to eclectic writers it is more particularly in atonic dropsy, accompanied with debility that this drug is particularly indicated.
According to Doctor P.H. Hale of Hudson, Michigan, the Chimaphila induces atrophy of the breasts. He applied it to tumors in the breasts which vanished under its influence together with the breast. In a case of scirrhous tumor he prescribed the drug in 40 drop-doses of the tincture three times a day for three months, at the end of which period the tumor had disappeared together with two -thirds of each breast.