Decoctum Taraxaci.—Decoction of Dandelion.

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

Preparation.—Slice and bruise 1 ounce (av.) of dried dandelion root, and boil it in 1 pint (Imp.) of distilled water for 10 minutes; strain, and pour upon the residue in the strainer enough distilled water to make the finished product measure 1 pint (Imp.). This is in accordance with the British Pharmacopoeia. A little orange peel added at the end of the boiling period, is said to increase its usefulness. It does not keep well and must be freshly prepared.

Action, Medical Uses, and Dosage.—(See Taraxacum.) This may be employed as a vehicle for the simple bitters. The dose is about 2 fluid ounces before meals.

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