Pulvis Asclepiadis Compositus.—Compound Powder of Pleurisy Root.

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Related entry: Asclepias (U. S. P.)—Asclepias

Preparation.—Take of pleurisy root, spearmint, and sumach berries, each, in powder, 2 ounces; bayberry bark, and skunk cabbage, each, in powder, 1 ounce; pulverized ginger, ½ ounce. Mix them.

Action, Medical Uses, and Dosage.—Very useful diaphoretic in coughs, colds, and as a drink in febrile diseases. Two drachms of the powder may be infused in ½ pint of boiling water, sweetened, and drank in wineglassful doses, every 1 or 2 hours. Or in common colds, the ½ pint of warm infusion may be taken at a draught, and repeated in an hour if necessary (Wm. S. Merrell).

King's American Dispensatory, 1898, was written by Harvey Wickes Felter, M.D., and John Uri Lloyd, Phr. M., Ph. D.