I have found, when needing a desirable hypnotic for patients with an excitable nervous system, that the 1/250 of a grain of gelseminine and 1/6 of a grain of cypripedin at bedtime produces the finest kind of sleep.
I have also found that gelseminine, 1/250 of a grain, three or four times a day, will check the heat flashes which occur during or after the menopause in nervous, plethoric or relaxed women. The results appear in from seven to ten days. The skin becomes moist and the patient feels more active and vigorous.
I have found the 1/250 of a grain of gelseminine and 1/67 of a grain of bryonin every two hours, valuable with which to break up an attack of pleurisy very quickly.
I have found the 1/250 of a grain of gelseminine with from 1/3 to 1/2 of a grain of caulophyllin to relax nagging pains in the beginning of labor and to check after pains.
Gelseminine 1/250 of a grain, dioscorein 1/3 grain, hyoscyamin 1/1000 of a grain in hot water, for two or three doses, will relieve spasms and pain in severe cases of painful spasms. It is done so satisfactorily that the physician receives great credit.
Ellingwood's Therapeutist, Vol. 2, 1908, was edited by Finley Ellingwood M.D.