Syrupus Rumicis Compositus.—Compound Syrup of Yellow Dock.

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Related entry: Rumex (U. S. P.)—Rumex

Preparation.—Take of yellow dock root, 32 troy ounces; bark of the root of false bittersweet, 16 troy ounces; bark of American ivy (Ampelopsis quinquefolia) and figwort (Scrophularia marilandica), each, 8 troy ounces; refined sugar, 16 pounds (av.). Prepare after the manner of making Compound Syrup of Aralia, using the same menstruum and the same proportion of sugar. Make 16 pints of syrup. This syrup is sometimes called Scrofulous Syrup, but is superior to the article formerly known by this name.

Action, Medical Uses, and Dosage.—This syrup is alterative and antiscrofulous, and was formerly extensively and successfully used in the treatment of scrofula, scrofulous affections, and many cutaneous diseases. Iodide of potassium is frequently added to it, in the proportion of 1 ounce to 1 pint of syrup. The dose is from 1 to 4 fluid drachms, 3 times a day, in about a gill of water; or when the iodide is added, 1 or 2 fluid drachms, in water.

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