Franciscea. Franciscea uniflora.
Synonyms—Manaca; Vegetable Mercury.
Dr. Williams of Bristol, Conn., has used manaca for twenty years. He finds it especially valuable in chronic stiffness of the muscles. Where from muscular contractions the joints are stiff. He does not think it curative in actual arthritis. In one case, there was contraction of muscles of the shoulders with inability to raise the arms, with severe neuralgic pain, weakness of the nervous system, and violent attacks of the heart. There were rheumatic pains in the feet and lower part of the legs which prevented the patient from walking except with the aid of a crutch. The patient was anemic; had heavy urine full of uric acid. This patient was given melilotus, sticta and manaca. There was gradual improvement, and the patient ultimately made a satisfactory recovery.
Dr. Cowen gives manaca in fifteen-drop doses, with salicylate of sodium in acute rheumatism.
Manaca is a valuable remedy for gonorrhea and for gonorrheal rheumatism.
Dr. Hopkins gives manaca in muscular rheumatism in four-drop doses every two or three hours. He often combines it with cimicifuga. In either case, the results are satisfactory.
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.