Ipecacuanha Spurge. A native of the United States.
Med. Prop. and Action. Dr. Bigelow states that, from his trials with the dried root, he is led to the conclusion that, in doses of gr. x. - xx. it is both emetic and cathartic, that it is more active than Ipecacuanha in similar doses, and that, in small quantities, it generally acts with as much ease as most emetics. If it fail at first, it is not so safely repeated as many of the emetics in common use. If accumulated in the stomach to the amount of gr. xl - gr. lx., it finally excites violent and long-continued vomiting, attended with a sense of heat, vertigo, indistinct vision, and great prostration of strength. From gr. x. - xx. constitute an emetic to be given at once; if this quantity fail to produce vomiting, it generally purges. Its action may be quickened by a little Tartar Emetic, but it ought not to be repeated to the amount of more than 25 or 30 grains. The recent juice is powerfully irritant.
Therapeutic Uses. The same as Ipecacuanha.