Vesicaria Communis.

Syn.—Lesquerella, German bladder pod.
N. O.—Cruciferae; mustard family.
N. H.—Germany; cultivated in Tennessee and Alabama, U. S. A.
P. E.—plant

Properties: Demulcent, diuretic.

Indications: A smarting, burning sensation in urethra and bladder. There may be frequent desire to urinate. Urine in some cases is only voided drop by drop. Often in these cases there is strangury associated with the condition.

Use: In irritable condition of the bladder. Useful in acute or chronic cystitis. In nephralgia it has been used with success, relieving the pain produced by the passage of calculus. The tincture or the homeopathic mother tincture should be used in 3 to 15 drop doses 3 to 4 times a day. In cases where the pain is severe it should be given every ½ hour until easier then every 2 to 4 hours as the case demands. Where the pain is of a spasmodic nature gelsemium is a valuable adjunct to above. It is claimed to be a good remedy in gonorrhea if given in large doses, say ¼ to ½ teaspoonful 3 to 5 times a day. Some authors recommend it highly in albuminuria. By its use the albumen in the urine will disappear. Even in actual Bright's disease it is of value. In diseases of the kidneys, bladder and prostrate we think of this remedy.

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