Drosera. Drosera rotundifolia.
Synonyms—Sundew, Youthwort, Lustwort.
- Fluid Extract Sundew; not miscible with water; dose, five to twenty minims.
- Specific Medicine Drosera, two to five minims. An excellent and potent preparation.
- German Tincture Sundew; an imported preparation, from the green plant; dose, fifteen to sixty minims.
Specific Symptomatology—The field of the influence of this remedy is narrow. It is specific to dry, irritable, persistent cough; also cough of a hoarse, resonant, explosive, or spasmodic character, without secretion.
Therapy—It is an antispasmodic, expectorant, and sedative as applied to such coughs. It will also relieve coughs of sympathetic origin, and so-called nervous coughs. It will cure the cough of measles more quickly than other remedies, and it will cure the after-cough of whooping-cough. It will terminate a whooping-cough and leave the patient free from cough, when the active stage of the disease has passed. If there is a deficiency of bronchial secretion it will be found of service during the progress of whooping-cough, modifying the paroxysms of the disease; they, occurring less frequently.
It is serviceable in all chronic coughs of a dry, irritating character, especially if the central nervous system be irritated. It is of service in chronic bronchitis and in phthisis pulmonalis.
It has also relieved asthmatic coughs, with nervous irritability. It has been used in a few cases as a sedative and tonic in irritable conditions of the stomach, relieving flatulence and curing mild cases of gastric ulcer.
The American Materia Medica, Therapeutics and Pharmacognosy, 1919, was written by Finley Ellingwood, M.D.
It was scanned by Michael Moore for the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine.