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 Post subject: Erigeron (fleabane)
PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2015 9:27 am 
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The plant Erigeron canadense, Linné.
Nat. Ord.—Compositae.
COMMON NAMES: Colt's-tail, Canada fleabane, Scabious, Pride-weed, etc.

This is an interesting, often commonly over-looked plant that may have some vaualbe medicinal components to stopping hemmorage.

Action, Medical Uses, and Dosage.—This plant is slightly tonic, with more active diuretic and astringent properties. The infusion has been found efficient in diarrhoea, gravel, diabetes, dropsical affections, dysuria of children, painful micturition, and in many nephritic affections. Erigeron is extremely useful for the arrest of capillary bleeding from any organ liable to hemorrhage, and to arrest profuse watery secretions from the gastro-intestinal and renal tracts. For many years it has been a popular favorite to arrest watery diarrhoea, and for the choleraic stage of cholera infantum, where the evacuations gush suddenly and copiously from the child, it will be found one of the most important agents at our command. The infusion of the fresh plant freely administered, should be used, and this not only serves to check the diarrhoea, but also supplies the body with fluid, which is required to supply the loss of water occasioned by the depleting evacuations. Its use is suggested in cholera. The infusion may be given hot or cold, or sweetened, if desired, and will prove useful if it can be retained upon the stomach. A snuff of the powdered leaves has successfully checked epistaxis; while in bronchial disorders with bloody expectoration, a syrup is effective. The same may be used to allay the cough and lessen expectoration in pulmonary consumption. Locally, an infusion is useful in leucorrhoea.

On account of its constringing power over the renal capillaries it has proven of value in hyper-urination, as in simple diabetes. The infusion is very serviceable in hemorrhages from the stomach, bowels, bladder, and kidneys. It is useful in metrorhagia when not due to retained fragments of placenta, or other foreign bodies. Passive hemorrhages where stimulation is required are the cases for its exhibition.

The volatile oil of Erigeron canadense acts as an astringent, and may be used as a local application to hemorrhoids, bleeding from small wounds, etc., likewise in rheumatism, boils, tumors, sore throat, and tonsilitis, in which it should be combined with goose-oil or some similar substance, being too acrid to use alone. Internally, it will be found useful in diarrhoea, dysentery, hemoptysis, hematemesis, and hematuria; from 4 to 6 drops of it on sugar, or dissolved in alcohol, and given in a little water, will be found a powerful remedy in uterine hemorrhage and menorrhagia, acting promptly and efficiently; it may be repeated every 5 or 10 minutes if required. The oil may be given in the profuse stage of gonorrhoea. The usual manner of administering it is in simple syrup. The plant may be given in the form of powder in doses of 1/2 or 1 drachm; or the infusion, which is the best form of administration, may be given in doses of from 2 to 4 fluid ounces 3 or 4 times a day, and oftener in bowel complaints; the aqueous extract is worthless, but the fluid extract may be given in teaspoonful doses. Specific erigeron, 1 to 30 drops; oil of erigeron, 3 to 10 drops.


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