– Caulophyllum, Aconite, Digitalis, Helonias,
We prepare a tincture from the root, and likewise use the alkaloid Senecin and its triturations.
This drug is more particularly known for its influence over the genito-urinary apparatus; it likewise has manifested curative powers in some serious pulmonary affections.
In dropsical conditions of the system it has afforded speedy, relief by increasing and facilitating the urinary secretions. In dysuria it often removes the urinary distress very speedily.
In retention as well as suppression of the catamenia (menostasia and amenorrhoea) Senecio acts very beneficially. In this respect it competes with Aconite, Digitalis and Caulophyllum. It has likewise been employed with good effect in dysmenorrhoea and menorrhagia. The dose varies according as it is given for one or the other of these conditions. Where Senecio is indicated we generally find that such patients complain more or less of uterine distress, crampy pains and the like.
We have not as yet had an opportunity of testing this drug in haemoptysis or phthisis, for which it is recommended by some physicians.