Tea is a very mild stimulant; and when an infusion is drunk warm, the water and warmth will produce diaphoresis. It is also astringent, and is employed as an antidote in cases of poisoning by vegetable alkalies or the tartrate of antimony. The strong infusion is a very useful remedy in otorrhoea, injected into the ear, and sometimes proves effectual when other remedies have failed. It has also been used with advantage as a collyrium in ophthalmia.
The American Eclectic Materia Medica and Therapeutics, 1898, was written by John M. Scudder, M.D.