Preparation.—Prepare a tincture from the leaves and root, ℥viij. to Alcohol 76° Oj. Dose from gtts. v. to gtts. xx.
The Scrophularia stimulates waste and excretion, and is probably as certain in its action as any of our vegetable alteratives. Beyond this it seems to exert a marked influence in promoting the removal of cacophastic deposits. We employ it in scrofula, in secondary syphilis, in chronic inflammation with exudation of material of low vitality, and in chronic skin diseases. In the latter case it is frequently used as a local application, as well as an internal remedy.
It exerts an influence upon the urinary and reproductive organs, and has been employed in some obscure affections of these with advantage. Still it is feeble and slow, and too much must not be expected from it.
Specific Medication and Specific Medicines, 1870, was written by John M. Scudder, M.D.