The flowers of Carthamus tinctorius.
Dose.—Of an infusion of half an ounce to a pint of boiling water, from two to six ounces, repeated as often as may be necessary.
Therapeutic Action.—The Carthamus is diaphoretic and laxative, and very frequently used as a substitute for saffron. It does not appear to be possessed of very active properties, and is mostly employed as a diaphoretic in the eruptive diseases, as scarlatina, measles, etc., for which purpose a warm infusion may be taken freely. It is employed frequently as a laxative and diaphoretic in diseases of infants, and is a very mild, safe, and unirritating remedy.
The American Eclectic Materia Medica and Therapeutics, 1898, was written by John M. Scudder, M.D.