Syn.—Caulophyllum, blue cohosh.
N. H.—United States.
Properties: Antispasmodic, emmenagogue, parturient, anti-rheumatic, diuretic.
Indications: Irregular menses, colicky pain in bowels after eating, pain in fingers and toes without structural change; dysmenorrhea, spasmodic uterine contraction, uterine pain, fullness, weight and pain in the legs.
Use: In chronic uterine disorders. Amenorrhea in young women. Painful menstruation. General atonic conditions of the organs of generation of the females which manifest themselves by spasms, nervousness, irritability, insomnia. False pains of spasmodic nature in pregnancy, threatened abortion. The action of caulophyllum in pregnancy is to prolong gestation to the normal period. In labor it is of value when the pains are feeble from atony of the uterus, patient weak, nervous. In rheumatism of the joints and hand it is a good remedy.
The Materia Medica and Clinical Therapeutics, 1905, was written by Fred J. Petersen, M.D.