Purging Flax. Nat. Ord. Linaceae. Linn. Syst. Pentandria Pentagynia. Hab. Europe, England.
Med. Prop. and Action. Cathartic, in doses of gr. lx. - gr. cxx., in infusion; diuretic in smaller doses, at shorter intervals. Dr. Butler Lane states that he has employed it extensively without any unpleasant effects. He regards it as a safe and valuable remedy.
In Catarrhal maladies, Dr. Lane states that he found the Purging Flax exceedingly effectual; and also in those sub-acute rheumatic complaints, which are often alike troublesome and intractable. In the cure of affections of the Throat and Air-passages, he considers the counteracting effects to depend on the peculiar stimulation of the mucous and muscular structures of the alimentary canal, and the sympathetic influence extended to the glandular organs connected therewith. Where the morbid action is of a rheumatic character, the curative agency is manifested more slowly, and in apparent dependence on the diuretic action. In Chronic Rheumatism, especially when affecting the muscular structure, such as Lumbago, the use of Linum Catharticum is remarkably beneficial. In cases of Ascites connected with hepatic disease, he also found it very efficient.