Hygrophilia. Hygrophilia spinosa.
The above named agent is a native of Ceylon where it is used as a remedy for all dropsical conditions. It is but little known in America, but may be received on the reliable authority of the native physicians of Ceylon, who use an infusion of the plant, two ounces to the pint, the entire quantity to be given within twenty-four hours. The remedy produces active diuresis, but the reports are as yet so meager that we have no way of knowing in what way the agent acts upon the organs to produce its desired effects.
It is a powerful diuretic and is a stimulant and tonic to the sexual apparatus.
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.