To Abort a Cold

When I have a patient who is just beginning to complain that he has caught cold, I give him fifteen drops each of gelsemium and jaborandi. If he remains quiet and in a warm place, the condition is usually aborted at once.


COMMENT.—In the dose mentioned above, the combination would be safe in sthenic cases with most adults. For feeble patients and children or those who suffer from heart trouble it might produce considerable depression. In any case it must be watched very closely and the dose repeated only with great care. There is a similar depressing influence possessed by each of these remedies, which might be exercised unduly when given together.

Ellingwood's Therapeutist, Vol. 3, 1909, was edited by Finley Ellingwood M.D.