The use of convallaria has not received the attention it should. The agent is a valuable heart remedy. It does not irritate the stomach, never provokes nausea; in fact, it seems to exercise a sedative influence on the stomach if given for heart conditions when nausea is present. Like cactus and some other heart remedies it is a tonic to the stomach, increasing the digestive power of that organ and improving the appetite.
A recent writer in the Therapeutic Gazette claims that it is a heart tonic materially improving the action of the heart in small doses, and restraining over-action of the heart if given in large doses. Palpitation and dyspnea due to mitral disease disappear within a few days. Where fatty degeneration is absent, it will benefit cases of cardiac dilatation and overcome the consequence of pulmonary congestion. In inflammatory conditions of the heart he has found it useful.
Ellingwood's Therapeutist, Vol. 2, 1908, was edited by Finley Ellingwood M.D.