This section of the book is from "The Complete Herbalist" by Dr. O. Phelps Brown. Also available from Amazon: The Complete Herbalist: The People Their Own Physicians By The Use Of Nature's Remedies.
MEDICINAL PARTS. The rind of the fruit, and bark of the root.
Description. -- This is a small tree or shrub. The leaves are opposite, entire, smooth, and two or three inches long. The flowers are large, red, two or three, and nearly sessile. Calyx five-cleft, corolla consists of five much crumpled petals. The fruit is a large pericarp, quite pleasant in flavor, and quite watery.
History. -- The Pomegranate is Asiatic, but has been naturalized in the West Indies and the Soutern States.
Properties and Uses. -- The flowers and rind of the fruit are astringent, and are used for the arrest of mucous discharges, hemorrhages, night sweats, and diarrhoea accompanying consumption. They are also very good for intermittent fever and tape-worm. The bark of the root is used as a specific for tape-worm, but its chief virtues are healing and balsamic, if taken for ulcerations of the lungs.
Dose. -- The dose of the rind or flowers in powder is from one to two scruples, and in decoction from one to three fluid ounces.