Punica Granatum.

Botanical name: 

Syn.—Granatum; Pomegranate.
P. E.—Bark of roots and shrub.
N. O.—Myrtaceae.
N. H.—Europe, Asia and in some parts of the U. S.

Properties: Astringent, anthelmintic, cathartic in large doses.

Use: This is a specific for tape worms. The patient should fast for a day or so before starting treatment, then take 2 to 3 ounces of the fresh bark of the root, if obtainable. Macerate in 2 pints of water for 12 to 24 hours, then boil down to about half. Of this the patient should take ½ to 1 ounce every hour until it is all used. As it has a cathartic effect no physic is required; however, if it should not act, a cathartic should be given. If the treatment is not successful it should be repeated in a few days. In absence of the fresh bark of the root the fluid extract may be used in ½ to 1 drachm doses 3 or 4 times. a day. Granatum is used by many and with good results.

The Materia Medica and Clinical Therapeutics, 1905, was written by Fred J. Petersen, M.D.