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"Properties and Uses. Narcotic and antispasmodic,
exerting a gradual influence over the system. The
resin of the root is a dangerous poison, and care should
always be had, in preparing the tincture, that the alco-
hol be considerably diluted. Those who have used the
'Electrical Febrifuge,' among whom are several physi-
cians, speak well of it in all species of fevers, nervous
and bilious headache, colds, pneumonia, hemorrhages,
leucorrhea, chorea, ague-cake, and several other diseases,
though it is in fevers especially in which its efficacy has
been mostly observed. It is said by some to be the only
agent ever yet discovered capable of subduing, in from
two to twenty hours, and without the least possible
injury to the patient, the most formidable and most
complicated, as well as the most simple fevers incident
to our country and climate, quieting all nervous irrita-
bility and excitement, equalizing the circulation, pro-
mbting perspiration, and rectifying the various secre-
tions, without causing nausea, vomiting or purging, and
is also adapted to any stage of the disease. It may fol-
low any preceding treatment with safety. Its effects
are clouded vision, double sightedness, or even complete
prostration, and inability to open the eyes, and which
gradually pass off in a few hours, leaving the patient
refreshed, and completely restored. And as soon as the
heaviness or partial closing of the eyes is induced, no
more of the remedy will be necessary, although these
effects should even follow the first dose.
"The tincture is the preparation more generally em-
ployed. It is made by bruising the green roots, after
having cleansed them, and then filling a glass jar, keg
or barrel with them; then fill the vessel containing
them with three parts of whiskey, and one part of water.
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Massie, J. Cam. A Treatise on the Eclectic Southern Practice of Medicine, book, 1854; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143817/m1/96/: accessed May 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.