I was convinced in my early practice that this old fashioned remedy exercised an influence which was overlooked by many writers. The older physicians used it in the form of an infusion and obtained an alterative influence which was very satisfactory. Dr. Baker, of Adrian, Michigan, one of these physicians, has always been enthusiastic about this remedy. He gave it wherever the glandular system was affected or where there was a dyscrasia or where eczema was present. He believed it to be indicated wherever the cutaneous system was involved, especially when the forms designated with the old names of salt rheum, tetter, herpes and others of this class were present. He used it also as an ointment in these cases. As a general alterative he gave it with poke root and the syrup of stillingia compound.
I have obtained a specific effect from this medicine in the treatment of persistent form of sore mouth, deep ulceration in the mouth, and especially in persistent stomatitis materni. I have combined it with the extract of white oak bark with great. satisfaction.
Ellingwood's Therapeutist, Vol. 2, 1908, was edited by Finley Ellingwood M.D.