The root of Polemonium reptans.
Preparations.—An infusion. Tincture Polemonium.
Dose.—The infusion may be taken in doses of one ounce. The tincture in doses of gtt. v. to gtt. xx.
Therapeutic Action.—Polemonium is diaphoretic, expectorant and excitant. It appears to act principally as a diaphoretic and expectorant. As a diaphoretic it is exhibited in febrile diseases, and inflammations of the respiratory apparatus. In the different forms of pulmonic inflammation, pleurisy, bronchitis, etc., a warm infusion has been found admirably adapted to the production of diaphoresis, the promotion of expectoration, and the cure of the disease. It appears to be best adapted to the relief of febrile diseases attended with coldness of the surface, a dry, torpid, and constricted state of the skin, with general languor, and internal venous congestion.
It is a popular and valuable remedy in chronic pulmonary diseases—as catarrhs, asthma, bronchitis, coughs, and even consumption, keeping up a constant determination to the surface, and thus relieving the parts diseased, as well as exerting a stimulating and eliminative influence upon the system. It is also regarded as worthy of much attention in chronic diseases of the liver, and with many it enjoys a high reputation in these affections.
The American Eclectic Materia Medica and Therapeutics, 1898, was written by John M. Scudder, M.D.