Preparation.—Prepare a tincture from the fresh root, ℥viij. to Alcohol 76° Oj. Dose gtts. x. to ℨj.
We employ Rumex in cases of bad blood with disease of the skin; in these cases it is certainly one of the most valuable alteratives we have. In these cases we not only use it internally, but as a local application. In scrofulous disease, with deposit in glands and cellular tissue, with tendency to break down and feeble repair, I think the Rumex unequaled; here also, we use it internally and locally.
Dr. Hale reports cases of dyspepsia, with sensations of fullness and pressure in pit of stomach, pain in the chest, etc., cured by Rumex. Dr. Dunham employed it in catarrhal affections of the larynx, trachea and bronchia with advantage. I have used it in chronic sore throat with free secretion, and in broncorrhoea with good results.
The general action of the remedy is to increase waste and improve nutrition.
Specific Medication and Specific Medicines, 1870, was written by John M. Scudder, M.D.