The leaves of Eucalyptus globulus.—U. S.
Preparation.—Tincture of Eucalyptus.
Dose.—From five drops to half a drachm.
Therapeutic Action.—The Eucalyptus is tonic, stimulant and antiseptic. When taken into the stomach it imparts a sense of warmth, which sometimes extends to all parts ofthe body. It strengthens the pulse, and increases the temperature.
It is claimed that when tbe temperature is low, or unequal in different parts of the body, this remedy may be used with prominent advantage. It is said to improve the appetite and digestion, but my experience does not confirm this. It is also claimed that it is antiperiodic, and may be substituted for quinine in many cases. But I anticipate, that here also, its good effects ure dependent rather upon its stimulant influence upon the circulation, than any antiperiodic property.
To a limited extent, it is antiseptic, but we would hardly select it when we have remedies that are so much better.
The American Eclectic Materia Medica and Therapeutics, 1898, was written by John M. Scudder, M.D.