Rumex Acetosella. (Sheep Sorrel)

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Preparation.—Prepare a tincture from the fresh sorrel, ℥viij. to Alcohol 50° Oj. Dose, from gtts. x. to ʒss. It is employed locally in the treatment of cancer, the following formula being employed :

"Cancer Balsam.—Take the common Sheep Sorrel when in bloom, bruise well in a mortar, and add a small quantity of water; then press the weed so as to obtain all the juice, strain it and place in the sunshine in a pewter dish, and let it evaporate to the consistence of honey. It is then ready for use, and should be put up in sealed boxes or closely stopped bottles, in order to prevent evaporation."

A tincture of the Sorrel has a very decided action in those cases where there is a tendency to degeneration of tissue. It makes no difference whether it is called syphilis, scrofula, or cancer, the indication for use is the replacement of tissue with lower organizations. To what extent it opposes the process of degeneration we are unable to say, the use has been so limited, but it deserves a thorough investigation. It influences the secretion of urine and urinary apparatus, but its medicinal action in this respect has yet to be determined.

Its use in the treatment of cancer has been quite extensive, and if we can believe the reports given, it has proven fully as successful as any other remedy. A full description of this method of treatment will be found in the Eclectic Journal for May, 1870, page 142.

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