This section is from the book "Botanic Drugs Their Materia Medica, Pharmacology and Therapeutics", by Thomas S. Blair. Also available from Amazon: Botanic Drugs, Their Materia Medica, Pharmacology and Therapeutics.
Star Grass, Blazing Star, Aletris farinosa. Not official. It is listed in the new National Formulary.
This is a good bitter in 5- to 10-minim doses fl., improving digestion.
Pilcher, of the University of Nebraska, reported in the Jour, of Phar. and Exper. Ther., Feb., 1916, on the action of the plant drugs on the uterus. He used longitudinal strips of the uterus, as commonly employed in such experiments, and investigated several drugs. The following ones depressed the activity of the strips: Pulsatilla pratensis, Aletris farinosa, Scrofularia marylandica, Valerian, and Scutellaria lateriflora. If these findings are confirmed, aletris can be classed as an uterine sedative in full doses.