Description: Natural Order, Ranunculaceae. This is the showy peony of our gardens, with its perennial and fleshy roots, and large gaudy flowers.
Properties and Uses: The root of this plant is possessed of mildly relaxing properties of the antispasmodic order. An infusion made of an ounce of the roots to a pint of warm water may be given freely in the spasms and colics of children, and will frequently remove flatus. Formerly a fabulous reputation was connected with it for the treatment of epilepsy, chorea, and other convulsions; but its powers are too mild to be of any service in such cases.
The Physiomedical Dispensatory, 1869, was written by William Cook, M.D.
It was scanned by Paul Bergner at http://medherb.com