Geranium. - Synonym. - Cranesbill. The rhizome of Geranium maculatum Linne (nat. ord. Geraniaceae).

Habitat

North America, in woods and thickets.

Characters

Of horizontal growth, cylindrical, 5 to 7 cm. long; about I cm. thick; rather sharply tuberculated, longitudinally wrinkled, dark brown; fracture short, pale reddish-brown; bark thin; wood-wedges yellowish, small, forming a circle near the cambium line; medullary rays broad; central pith large; roots thin, fragile; inodorous; taste strongly astringent.

Composition

1) Tannic Acid, 12 to 17 per cent (2) Gallic Acid. (3) Pectin.

Preparation

Extractum Geranii Fluidum. Fluid Extract Of Geranium

By maceration and percolation with Glycerin and Diluted Alcohol, and evaporation.

Dose, 1/4 to 1 fl. dr.; 1. to 4. c.c.

Action And Uses Of Geranium

Geranium is one of the best indigenous astringents, and is of great use in diarrhoea and dysentery, and in the various haemorrhages.