Related entry: Bryonia (U. S. P.)—Bryonia
(Modern shorthand: 1:10 91 %)
Preparation.—"Bryonia, recently dried, and in No. 40 powder, one hundred grammes (100 Gm.) [3 ozs. av., 231 grs.]; alcohol, a sufficient quantity to make one thousand cubic centimeters (1000 Cc.) [33 fl℥, 391♏]. Moisten the powder with one hundred cubic centimeters (100 Cc.) [3 fl℥, 183♏] of alcohol, and macerate for 24 hours; then pack it firmly in a cylindrical percolator, and gradually pour alcohol upon it, until one thousand cubic centimeters (1000 Cc.) [33 fl℥, 391♏] of tincture are obtained"—(U. S. P.). This tincture should preferably be prepared with diluted alcohol, as the bitter principle is soluble in water. The tincture has a bitterish taste, and a brownish-yellow color.
Action, Medical Uses, and Dosage.—(See Bryonia.) The dose of this preparation, for its specific uses, should be small-from a fraction of a drop to 2 drops. By some it is employed as a purgative, in doses of from 20 to 90 drops. It is never used in the latter manner in Eclectic practice.
King's American Dispensatory, 1898, was written by Harvey Wickes Felter, M.D., and John Uri Lloyd, Phr. M., Ph. D.