Heracleum Lanatum. (Masterwort.)
This remedy has been but little used, but it might repay careful study. It has been employed as an antispasmodic, and we would judge that it was a spinal stimulant. For experiment a tincture should be prepared from the green root.
The Wild Parsnip (Pastinaca Sativa. might also be tested. In poisonous doses, it produces great excitation of the nervous system, sometimes with convulsions, followed by coma and difficult respiration. This would suggest its use as a cerebro-spinal stimulant. Of course it would be used in small doses.
Specific Medication and Specific Medicines, 1870, was written by John M. Scudder, M.D.