The powdered fruit of Prunus domestica.—Europe.
Therapeutic action.—Prunes are laxative and nutritious. Boiled in water they constitute a pleasant laxative diet, and as such may be used in habitual torpor of the bowels, and during the convalescent stage of fevers. The saccharine and mucilaginous matters which they contain render them nutritious. If too freely employed in debilitated states of the system, they not unfrequeutly occasion flatulence, pain in the bowels, and moderate diarrhoea.
The American Eclectic Materia Medica and Therapeutics, 1898, was written by John M. Scudder, M.D.