Tanacetum Vulgare. (Tansy.)

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Preparation.—Prepare a tincture from the fresh herb gathered in August, using ℥viij. to Alcohol 76° Oj. Dose gtts. j. to gtt. xx. As a local application to the throat use one part of the tincture to four to ten parts of hot water, with a spray apparatus; or not having this, vaporize the fluid and let the patient inhale the steam.

In small doses the tincture as above prepared will furnish a cheap and agreeable stomachic, relieving irritation and improving functional activity. It exerts a decided stimulant influence upon the female reproductive organs, and may be employed in functional diseases when such influence is desirable.

As a local application by spray or inhalation, it is a very valuable remedy in the treatment of diphtheria, and some forms of acute inflammation of the throat, and in epidemic catarrh. I have employed it in these cases with most marked advantage, and value it very highly.

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