Trifolium. Trifolium pratense.
- Specific Trifolium. Dose, from one to sixty minims.
Therapy—Trifolium has been used as a cancer remedy by virtue of specific alterative properties said to exist in it. It was at one time widely advertised. but the profession has failed to observe the effects claimed by the proprietors, and yet it undoubtedly has active alterative properties. It is given where a cancerous diathesis is known to be present, and its use is persisted in for months. Improvement in objective phenomena is reported from a number of excellent observers.
The agent is also prescribed in irritable conditions of the larynx and air passages, especially if evidenced by spasmodic cough. It has served a good purpose in whooping cough, in the cough of measles, and in general bronchial or pulmonary irritation. A dry, irritable cough will respond most readily to its influence.
Dr. Lambert is of the opinion that trifolium has a direct action in improving the nutrition of the brain. He thinks it is demanded when the patient is overworked; when there is general mental failure, with loss of memory of words, or when there is confusion of ideas of functional causes; also when there is weakness of the lower extremities, or of the feet from deficient capillary circulation.
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.