Volatile oil of the leaves of Melaleuca cajuputi.
Dose.—From two to ten drops, taken in emulsion or on sugar.
Therapeutic Action.—Oil of Cajuput is a powerful diffusible stimulant, possessing antispasmodic and diaphoretic properties. We have used it with much advantage as a stimulant in typhoid and typhus fevers and malignant scarlatina, and prefer it to any agent of its class, except Xanthoxylum, in these cases. It is also one of our most efficient remedies in painful spasmodic affections of the stomach, and in flatulent colic. As a stimulant in cholera morbus it is not surpassed, if equaled, by any other agent.
Tinctura Cajuputi Composita—(Hunn's Life Drops.)—Rx Oils of Cajuput, Anise, Peppermint, Cloves, aa. fl℥j., Alcohol ℥iv. Mix. This is one of our most efficient and valuable stimulant and antispasmodic preparations. It may be successfully employed for the relief of cramps in the stomach, colic, cholera morbus, etc. It has been very extensively used by Eclectics in the treatment of Asiatic cholera; and probably no agent has proved more successful. In this disease it is administered in doses of ℨj. repeated every ten or fifteen minutes, until spasmodic action is subdued and reaction established. In the collapsed stage the dose may be doubled or trebled. Frequently its use is not only followed by a cessation of the cramp, but also of the discharges, and perfect reaction. In cholera morbus its use is followed by the like good results, not only checking the vomiting, but frequently arresting the diarrhoea.
The American Eclectic Materia Medica and Therapeutics, 1898, was written by John M. Scudder, M.D.