The stigmas of Crocus sativus.
Dose.—Of the powder, grs. x. to grs. xx.; of an infusion of one drachm to a pint of boiling water, two to four ounces.
Therapeutic Action.—Saffron is diaphoretic, stimulant, emmenagogue, and antispasmodic. Its medical virtues have been variously estimated; while some have ascribed great importance to it as a stimulant, antispasmodic, or narcotic, others have assigned to it a prominent place among emmenagogue and diaphoretic agents, while by many at the present day it regarded as an agent devoid of any active properties.
It is a popular remedy in domestic practice, especially in exanthematous diseases; and inasmuch as it is more frequently used as a diaphoretic than for any other purpose, we have thought proper to arrange it under this class.