Related entry: Marrubium (U. S. P.)—Marrubium
Preparation.—Take of the bark of red-root, roots of elecampane, spikenard, and comfrey, bark of wild cherry, and leaves and tops of hoarhound, each, 16 troy ounces; bloodroot, 8 troy ounces. Grind and mix the articles together. Make a syrup after the process directed for Compound Syrup of Aralia, using the same menstruum and the proportional amount of sugar to produce 24 pints of syrup. Each pint will contain the virtues of 4 ounces of the ingredients. In the earlier Dispensatories, this article was called Syrupus Araliae Compositus (Compound Syrup of Spikenard), but in consequence of the great improvement in the formula, and from the fact that this name has been now bestowed upon another preparation, the name of the article under consideration has been changed to avoid confusion.
Action, Medical Uses, and Dosage.—This is an elegant remedy for obstinate coughs of long standing, and pulmonary affections generally. It has been called "Pulmonary Balsam," but is superior to the preparation bearing this name in past years. It is often employed advantageously in pulmonary and bronchial difficulties, combined with 1/4 part of fluid extract of queen's root. The dose of the syrup is 1/2 fluid ounce, 3 or 4 times a day.
King's American Dispensatory, 1898, was written by Harvey Wickes Felter, M.D., and John Uri Lloyd, Phr. M., Ph. D.