A product of Mexico. Its botanical origin was for some time involved in obscurity; but it has been ascertained to be the wood of Cordia Boissieri, D.C., the Nacahuite ofthe Mexicans.
Med. Prop. and Action. It has recently been vaunted in Germany as a remedy in Phthisis and other Chest Affections. An infusion of the shavings of the wood is directed to be drunk in the morning fasting, and again in the evening at bedtime; but where the disease has made any considerable progress the infusion is to be used as often as the patient is inclined to drink it. Highly seasoned food, and strong alcoholic beverages, as well as coffee, are forbidden during its use. Writing in 1861, Mr. Daniel Hanbury§ states: "In Germany the demand has been very considerable; and although 10,000 lbs. of the wood have been imported into Bremen and Hamburg, and sold at a high rate, the requirements of purchasers are still far from being satisfied." Trials with this wood at the Great Hospital at Berlin are, however, said to have had no satisfactory results, and chemical analysis || has failed to detect any constituent to which its alleged efficacy could reasonably be ascribed. (Hanbury)¶
* Ann. de Therap., 1848, p. 194.
Gaz. des Hopitaux, No. 26, 1858.
Dublin Hospital Gaz., April 1st, 1856.
§ Pharm. Journ., vol. ii., No. 6, p. 407.
|| Buchner in Neues Report fur Pharm. 1861, Bd. x., p. 97.
¶ Pharm. Journ., vol. iv. No. 5. p. 271.