Apocynum cannabinum [Apoc]
A great remedy in dropsy-anasarca. Scudder regarded it as a specific. The tincture can be used, though some say the decoction is the best form. Dose, 5 to 10 drops, or even more, twice a day.
Bees An old remedy for difficult urination and dropsy is to pour boiling water over honey bees, making a bee-tea, and drink it. The same effect, however, can be had by taking a few grains of a trituration of Apium virus 6x, two or three times a day; or 2 or 3 tablets. This is a trituration of bee stings; wherein lies the medicinal virtue. Another method is to let the bees repeatedly sting you-a hypodermic of the remedy that is rather painful. Also Apis mel. will act, 3d potency.
Shepherd’s purse [Thalapsi]
Half a teaspoonful, or a quarter of a teaspoonful of the tincture of Thlaspi bursa pastoris shepherd’s purse in a wineglassful of water, twice a day, before breakfast and supper, is a very old remedy for dropsy, difficult urination and where there are sand or deposits in the urine. This tincture has a rather bad odour.
Onions Raw onions, freely eaten, increase the flow of urine and, of old, had repute for those who were inclined to dropsy.
Adonis vernalis [Adon]
This is a remedy for the dropsy in Bright’s disease; also cardiac dropsy. Cases are on record where Adonis ver., in five drop doses of the 0, three times a day, in advanced cases gave great relief, though it did not cure these cases, which were too far advanced.
Liatris spicata [Liat]
This drug is an old botanic for dropsy and for indigestion. Use from 5 to 20 drops in water, twice a day.