Infusum Geranii Compositum.—Compound Infusion of Cranesbill.

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

Preparation.—Take of cranesbill, witch-hazel, black cohosh, and golden seal, each, coarsely bruised, ½ ounce; boiling water, 2 pints. Mix the articles together and digest with a gentle heat, in a closed vessel, for 2 hours; remove from the fire and strain. If required, alum, 1 drachm, may be added.

Action, Medical Uses, and Dosage.—This forms an efficient astringent wash in aphthous and other diseases of the mouth and throat, when unaccompanied with inflammation; and is also useful as an injection in leucorrhoea, prolapsus ani, and prolapsus uteri. Without the alum, this infusion may be administered internally in doses of from 1 fluid drachm to ½ fluid ounce, repeated 3 or 4 times a day, and will prove efficient in chronic diarrhoea and dysentery, in passive hemorrhages, in hemorrhoids, and in debilitated conditions of the venous system (J. King).

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