Related entry: Sassafras under diaphoretics
The bark of the root of Sassafras is an excitant diaphoretic, alterative, and said to be antiseptic. It appears to possess the properties of an excitant, with a tendency to the surface. Its infusion forms a very good diluent and diaphoretic in the eruptive fevers. As a domestic remedy it is employed as a diet-drink for its supposed alterative influence in scrofula and cutaneous diseases.
The American Eclectic Materia Medica and Therapeutics, 1898, was written by John M. Scudder, M.D.