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.
Ceanothus, New Jersey Tea. This is an old remedy that has been extolled in the past by all three schools of medicine as having a marked influence upon the spleen. If it has any such influence it is by virtue of the fact that it stimulates the portal circulation. In chronic inactivity of the liver it is of some utility, and it appears to possess some influence in malarial toxemia, in which the spleen is enlarged and the portal circulation at fault. That it specifically influences the spleen itself is not probable. (F.e., 5 to 30 I.; ec. tr., 2 to 10 I.)