Myrica Cerifera. (Bayberry.)

Botanical name: 

Preparation.—We prepare a tincture from the recent hark, in the proportion of ℥viij. to Alcohol 76° Oj.

As the Bayberry deteriorates unless carefully kept, it would be better to test a tincture of the fresh bark of the root. The dose will range from gtt. j. to ʒss.

I do not know that anything can be added to what is known of this agent. It has been extensively employed as a general stimulant, and as a special stimulant to mucous membranes, and with excellent results. Thomson recommended it in all cases where there was increased secretion from mucous membranes. whether it was catarrh or sore throat, bronchitis, disease of stomach or intestinal canal, or leucorrhoea.

It is in these cases especially that it will be found of advantage. I have employed it in chronic gastritis in small doses, associated with minute doses of Lobelia, with good success. The same combination will prove very valuable in typhoid fever, in typhoid dysentery, and in diarrhoea with increased mucous secretion.

The tincture prepared as above, will furnish a much better form for dispensing, as well as a more reliable remedy than much of the powder sold, and when once used, will become a prominent agent in the Office and the pocket case.

Specific Medication and Specific Medicines, 1870, was written by John M. Scudder, M.D.