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Related entry: Guaiacum under alteratives

Guaiaci Lignum.

Dose.—Of a decoction made of guaiacum one ounce to a pint and a half of boiling water, and boiled down to a pint, from two to six ounces.

Guaiacum Wood is diaphoretic, stimulant and alterative. A decoction produces warmth in the stomach, increases the temperature of the surface, and if the patient is warmly covered in bed, and the decoction taken warm, it acts as a gentle diaphoretic; but if the surface is exposed to the air, diuresis follows.

Guaiaci Resina.

Dose.—Of the Guaiacum, from grs. x. to ʒss., in pill, bolus, or emulsion.

Guaiacum Resin acts as an acrid stimulant, causing vascular excitement, increased warmth of the surface, with augmented activity of the secreting organs—as the skin and kidneys. Used in connection with diluents, the skin being kept warm, it acts energetically as a sudorific; if the surface is kept cool, however, its action is manifestly directed to the kidneys.

The American Eclectic Materia Medica and Therapeutics, 1898, was written by John M. Scudder, M.D.