Colocynth has been employed as a cathartic, but for this purpose it is harsh and uncertain, and may well be dispensed with.
I use it wholly as a remedy for dysentery. And for this purpose employ the alcoholic fluid extract, in small doses, usually ℨss. to Water ℥iv. A teaspoonful every hour will give the best results.
It will also prove beneficial in some cases of colic, and in diarrhea attended with tormina and tenesmus. I am satisfied that a thorough investigation of the remedy in small doses, will develop other important uses.
Specific Medication and Specific Medicines, 1870, was written by John M. Scudder, M.D.