Infusum Pruni Virginianae (U. S. P.)—Infusion of Wild Cherry.
Related entry: Prunus Virginiana (U. S. P.)—Wild Cherry
Preparation.—"Wild cherry, in No. 20 powder, forty grammes (40 Gm.) [1 oz. av., 180 grs.]; water, a sufficient quantity to make one thousand cubic centimeters (1000 Cc.) [33 fl℥, 391♏]. Moisten the powder with sixty cubic centimeters (60 Cc.) [2 fl℥, 14♏] of water, and macerate for 1 hour; then pack it firmly in percolator, and gradually pour water upon it until the infusion a conical glass percolator, and measures one thousand cubic centimeters (1000 Cc.) [33 fl℥, 391♏]"—(U. S. P.).
On account of the volatile character of the active constituents of wild cherry, cold water only should be used in preparing an infusion of it. A transparent, wine-colored infusion, pleasantly bitter, and possessing the well-known flavor of bitter almonds.
Action, Medical Uses, and Dosage.—(See Prunus virginiana.) Sedative and tonic. Dose, 1 to 3 fluid ounces, 3 or 4 times a day.
King's American Dispensatory, 1898, was written by Harvey Wickes Felter, M.D., and John Uri Lloyd, Phr. M., Ph. D.