Ceanothus. Ceanothus americanus.

Botanical name: 

Related entry: Ceanothus thyrsiflorus

Synonyms—Red Root, New Jersey Tea.


Extractum Ceanothi Fluidum, Fluid Extract of Ceanothus. Dose, from one-fourth to one dram.
Specific Medicine Ceanothus. Dose, from one-half minim to five minims every two to four hours.

Physiological Action—Astringent, stimulant tonic to mucous surfaces, and expectorant. It is to a certain extent mildly antiseptic. It is an alterative of much power in its influence over the portal circulation.

Specific Symptomatology—It has a specific influence upon the portal circle, influencing the circulation. In lymphatic patients, with sluggish circulation and inactivity of the liver of a chronic nature, with doughy-sallow skin, puffy and expressionless face, pain in the liver or spleen with hypertrophy of either or both organs, and constipation, it has a direct and satisfactory influence, especially if the conditions are of malarial origin.

Therapy—It overcomes indigestion and malassimilation under these circumstances, by its influence upon the portal circulation, and is thus a stomach remedy of much value.

It is not so direct a remedy in acute inflammations of the liver and spleen. When the above specific indications are present as a complication of any chronic condition, or with syphilis or scrofula or in general glandular disarrangements, the agent is indicated. Bronchitis, chronic pneumonitis and asthma are found present with the above general symptoms. Ovarian and uterine irregularities with such conditions will also be benefited by its use.

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.