The root of Helonias dioica.—U. S.
Preparation.—Tincture of Helonias.
Dose.—From one drop to half a drachm.
Therapeutic Action.—Helonias is tonic, stomachic, diaphoretic, and pectoral. It is used by many botanic physicians with decided advantage. It is adapted to atonic states of the system. It causes an improvement of the appetite, and promotes digestion. It is said to have been employed for the purpose of preventing abortions, for which it enjoys a high reputation.
It has been recommended in cases of chronic rheumatism, jaundice, strangury, etc.; also in colds, coughs, pectoral affections, and consumptive diseases, as a diaphoretic and expectorant.
The American Eclectic Materia Medica and Therapeutics, 1898, was written by John M. Scudder, M.D.