Salix Nigra. (Black Willow).

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Preparation.—Prepare a tincture from the recent bark, ℥viij. to Alcohol 50° Oj. Dose from gtts. v. to ʒj.

Whilst this, as well as other varieties of the willow, possess feeble tonic and antiperiodic properties, there are so many better remedies of this class that it would be well to dispense with its use altogether, had it no other action. But there is a class of cases in which the Salix is a very decided antiperiodic, and if these can be distinguished, the remedy will be valuable. I believe it is in those in which there is increased secretion from mucous membranes, and especially where there is the septic tendency, marked by fetid discharges, foul tongue, etc. In typhoid disease it may be employed both as a tonic and antiseptic, using the smaller dose named. The remedy is easily prepared, and may well replace some inferior articles that have hitherto been employed.

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