Cubeba. Piper cubeba.

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Volatile oil, fixed oil, wax, resin, cubebin, gum, malates, cubebic acid.


Extractum Cubebae Fluidum, Fluid Extract of Cubeb. Dose, from five to thirty minims.
Oleum Cubebae, Oil of Cubeb. Dose, ten minims.
Oleoresina Cubebae, Oleoresin of Cubeb. Dose, from five to thirty minims.
Specific Cubeb. Dose, from five to twenty minims.

Physiological Action—Stimulant, carminative, expectorant, stomachic. It stimulates the intestinal tract like black pepper, and, in excessive doses, causes nausea, vomiting, burning pain, griping and purging. The active principle being absorbed causes general stimulation and a feverish condition, and sometimes redness of the skin.

Therapy—Cubebs is in common use in the treatment of gonorrhea. Its best results are obtained when the active stage has passed, being especially useful in gleet, and also useful in the discharge present after acute prostatitis, especially if purulent in character, where the parts are greatly debilitated and there is catarrh of the bladder with nocturnal incontinence of urine, or in spermatorrhea with enfeeblement, it is a useful remedy.

A snuff of Powdered cubebs is of much benefit in acute coryza if there is free secretion. It is beneficial also in some chronic cases.

A cigarette is prepared of cubebs, which is smoked to relieve hoarseness. It serves a good purpose in this form in sub-acute or chronic bronchitis or in any case of general relaxation with debility of the mucous structures of these parts.

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.