Syn.—Serpentaria; Virginia Snake Root.
N. H.—United States.
Properties: Diaphoretic, stimulant.
Use: It acts as a stimulant to the vascular system, promoting secretion from skin and mucous membrane, increases the strength and frequency of the pulse and for that reason is a valuable adjunct to other indicated remedies in the atonic stage of scarlet fever, measles, typhoid fever, diphtheria, pneumonia and bronchitis, promoting elimination. As it is diaphoretic it will hasten the eruption in eruptive fevers or cause their reappearance if retrocession has taken place. In fevers where there is marked atony and persistent suppression of the secretions, it can be used where other depressing diaphoretics would be counter indicated.
The Materia Medica and Clinical Therapeutics, 1905, was written by Fred J. Petersen, M.D.