Euonymus. Euonymus atropurpureus.
- Euonymin, Atropurpurin, Asparagin, Euonic acid, resin, wax, fixed oil.
- Extractum Euonymi Siccum, dried Extract of Euonymus. Dose, from one to three grains.
- Specific Medicine Euonymus. Dose, from five to thirty minima.
- Extractum Euonymi Fluidum, Fluid Extract of Euonymus. Dose, from one to three drams.
Physiological Action—The agent is actively cathartic and alterative to an excellent extent, through its influence upon the function of the glandular organs. It exercises a distinct tonic influence.
Specific Symptomatology—Indigestion with biliousness, constipation, chronic intermittents with cachexia; pulmonary phthisis with night-sweats and great weakness; dropsical affections following acute disease; in convalescence from severe intermittent fever; enlargement of the liver; chronic bronchitis.
Therapy—Euonymus, or wahoo, is chiefly valuable as a tonic in malarial cachexia. It is antiperiodic, but much feebler than quinine. In those cases of indigestion and constipation with a yellowish tint of the conjunctiva, and round the mouth, the tongue being coated and of a similar color, indicating a cholagogue, euonymus is a good remedy.
In large doses, it is a drastic cathartic, causing emeto-catharsis and great prostration.
It is a general nutritive tonic, and may be employed where mandrake is beneficial, in torpid liver and bilious states, with weak digestion, constipation, and lithemic neuralgia.
It acts as a hepatic stimulant, improving the protoplasmic function of the liver, and increasing the production of bile.
Its cholagogue power has been demonstrated by experiments on dogs, all well as when employed in the treatment of the human subject.
In malarial disease, after the fever has been broken, and in protracted convalescence, it is especially valuable as a tonic.
In chronic pulmonary complaints, it improves digestion, and gives tone to the respiratory organs, acting as an expectorant.
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.