The root of Heracleum lanatum.-U.S.
Therapeutic Action.—Heracleum is stimulant, carminative, and according to Christison and Griffith, diuretic, expectorant, and antispasmodic. It has been found beneficial as a stomachic and carminative in dyspepsia, attended with cardialgia and flatulence, and has been used in epilepsy.
The leaves have been employed externally as a rubefacient; and when made into a cataplasm, form a good application to maturate abscesses.
The American Eclectic Materia Medica and Therapeutics, 1898, was written by John M. Scudder, M.D.