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Matricaria.

Botanical name:

The flowers of Matricaria chamomilla.—Europe.

Preparations.—Infusion of Chamomile. Tincture of Chamomile.

Dose.—Of the infusion, half an ounce; of the tincture, from the fraction of a drop to half a drachm.

Therapeutic Action.—German Chamomile is a tonic, stomachic, diaphoretic, emetic, antispasmodic and anthelmintic, being very analagous to the anthemis nobilis in its medical and physical properties. It is mildly tonic, and very useful in debilitated states of the digestive organs, when a stomachic and corroborant are indicated.

The warm infusion answers a very good purpose as a diaphoretic in colds, and also in the incipient stages of febrile and inflammatory attacks. For this purpose it should be administered freely.

Our Homoeopathic neighbors claim that it relieves irritation of the intestinal canal, and employ it in cholera infantum and in diarrhoea. My experience does not sustain this claim.


The American Eclectic Materia Medica and Therapeutics, 1898, was written by John M. Scudder, M.D.



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