Staphylea Trifolia. (Bladder Nut.)

Preparation.—Prepare a tincture from the bark of the root, ʒviij. to Alcohol 76° Oj. Dose from gtts. v. to ʒj.

The Staphylea has been confounded with the Ptelea, until we hardly know whether a writer in the olden times was describing one or the other. The probabilities are, however, that the articles described by Prof. L G. Jones, and valued so highly by him as a tonic, was the article under consideration. At least it would be well for some of our friends who know the article, to procure specimens and thoroughly test it.

Dr. Jones claimed that it was a pure unirritating tonic, having a soothing influence upon mucous membranes. He employed it in the convalescence after fevers and inflammations, and whenever the stomach was feeble and irritable.

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