This section is from the book "A Practitioner's Handbook Of Materia Medica And Therapeutics", by Thos. S. Blair. Also available from Amazon: A Practitioner's handbook of Materia Medica and Therapeutics.
Ailanthus Glandulosa, Chinese Sumach or Tree of Heaven, a common shade tree. In large doses ailanthus depresses the functions of the brain and spinal cord, and its only successful employment in such doses is to expel tapeworm. For this purpose it is used in decoction.
In small doses (ec. tr., 0 to I I; @, I to 5 I.) it is one of the most direct of vegetable alteratives with antizy-motic properties and valuable in malignant forms ofscarlet and other fevers, diseases with irritating and septic discharges, septic sore throat, and in adynamic septic conditions generally. It does well in alternation with whatever medication is demanded, but it does not combine well with other drugs except the bitter tonics. It is incompatible with the salts of iron and lead. The fluid-extract must be given in doses not less than 5 111., since it is made from the dried bark and the volatile principles are largely absent. This drug was at one time much employed in regular practice, and it is worthy of more general employment now, especially since recent investigation has shown its real activity to reside in a volatile oil dissipated almost entirely in the preparations usually employed. It is with regret that we are unable to commend its fluidextract, since regular physicians naturally prefer to use drugs obtained from non-sectarian sources.