The strobiles of Humulus lupulus. The yellow glandular powder separated from the strobiles.
Preparations.—Tincture of Humulus. Tincture of Lupulin.
Dose.—The dose of the first will be from gtt. v. to ʒss.; of the second, gtt. j. to gtt. x. Of Lupulin grs j. to grs. x.
Therapeutic Action.—In cases of nervous irritability attended with wakefulness, hops are anodyne and hypnotic, and are frequently exhibited to alleviate pain, tranquility the system and procure sleep; even a pillow filled with hops and moistened with spirits, favors this desirable end. In delirium tremens, morbid vigilance and nervous excitement, they frequently compose the nervous system, while at the same time their tonic and stomachic properties impart increased energy to the organic actions, rendering them of great utility in debilitated and irritable states of the nervous system. Well hopped ale is valuable as a tonic and stomachic, especially in nervous habits, during the convalescence of many diseases, owing to the hops which it contains. The hops (as well as the wort), are thought to be diuretic, and have been employed to correct the lithic acid deposits.
Lupulin may be administered in the same cases in which the hops are recommended. The effects are even more certain, while its exhibition is attended with much greater convenience. In all cases when a feeble anodyne is required, and when opium is inadmissible, this agent is useful, as in spasm of the stomach or bowels, after-pains, and irritable states of the nervous system.