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Acalypha.

Botanical name:

Acalypha. Br. Add. 1900.—The fresh and the dried herb, Acalypha indica L. This euphorbiaceous plant is said to have expectorant and emetic properties similar to those of ipecac, and also to be employed by the native Indian practitioners in the form of the fresh leaves as a poultice for ulcers, and as a suppository for constipation in children. The Succus Acalyphae, Br. Add., 1900, is prepared by adding one volume of 90 per cent. alcohol to three volumes of the juice expressed from fresh leaves, with subsequent filtration. It is given in doses of from one to four fluidrachms (3.75-15 mils). The liquid extract (Extractum Acalyphae Liquidum, Br. Add., 1900), made with a menstruum of 90 per cent. alcohol, is given in doses of from five to thirty minims (0.3-1.8 mils).


The Dispensatory of the United States of America, 1918, was edited by Joseph P. Remington, Horatio C. Wood and others.



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