Pulvis Cypripedii Compositus.—Compound Powder of Yellow Ladies'-Slipper.
Related entry: Cypripedium (U. S. P.)—Cypripedium
(The Cypripediums are rare and endangered orchids. Don't use them unless you grow them yourself. -Henriette.)
SYNONYM: Nerve powder.
Preparation.—Take of yellow ladies'-slipper root, pleurisy root, skunk cabbage root, and scullcap, each, in powder, 1 ounce. Mix them.
Action, Medical Uses, and Dosage.—This powder is useful to allay irritability or excitability of the nervous system, to relieve spasms, and to produce sleep in restless, wakeful, or excited conditions. When acidity of the stomach is present, it is common to add bicarbonate of sodium, 1 ounce. The dose is from ½ to 1 drachm, 3 times a day, or as required. It is usually administered in tea or water (J. King).