The plant Plantago major.—U. S.
Preparation.—A tincture is prepared from the fresh plant when coming into flower.
Dose.—The dose will be from the fraction of a drop to five drops.
Specific Indications.—Toothache; the teeth are sore; the tooth becomes sensitive; the jaws ache; pain in the temples, extending to the teeth.
Therapeutic Action.—This remedy has been employed for the relief of toothache with most excellent success. The cavity of the tooth is well cleansed, and then filled with cotton wetted with this tincture; a second or third application will sometimes be required before relief is obtained. I have employed it internally for toothache, and for neuralgia associated with toothache. In some cases it has given marked relief when everything else had failed. In all these cases it seems to exert a soothing influence upon the brain, and promotes sleep.
It has been given in incipient phthisis, hemorrhage from the lungs, menorrhagia, leucorrhoea, dysuria, and hemorrhoids.
The American Eclectic Materia Medica and Therapeutics, 1898, was written by John M. Scudder, M.D.