Haplopappus. Haplopappus laricifolius.
Synonym—Herba del Pasmo, Ericameria laricifolia.
LOCALITY—Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California and Northern Mexico.
This may be closely related to damiana. We insert it here, that it may be kept before the minds of our readers until its properties are determined. Webster and others mention it as a remedy in tetanus. Its infusion is used by the native Mexicans and Spaniards for this condition. In convulsions—epileptic, hysterical and puerperal—it has been used. Its anti-spasmodic influence when used hypodermically must be studied.
More recent writers confirm Prof. Webster's statements urging its use in tetanus. In some parts of California, and New Mexico, there is but little fear of tetanus, as they administer this remedy freely, almost ad libitum. It is not poisonous, but few if any unpleasant results having been observed from its action. It is given in the convulsions of childhood, whatever the cause may be. A number of physicians confirm its influence in this class of disorders.
Several physicians have used the remedy in chorea, and claim that it is superior to other agents in certain persistent, otherwise intractable cases. It has controlled the spasms of meningitis, and will probably be an important addition to the specific medication of that disease. In puerperal convulsions, reports are not sufficient to direct us in its application. It has been observed that when palpitation of the heart, or serious disturbance of the action of this organ from a high degree of nervous excitement is present, this agent is curative. It must have further investigation.
The American Materia Medica, Therapeutics and Pharmacognosy, 1919, was written by Finley Ellingwood, M.D.
It was scanned by Michael Moore for the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine.