The dried Bark of the small branches and young stems of Quercus Pedunculata. The Common Oak. Nat. Ord. CupuliferAe. Linn. Syst. Monoecia Poly-andria. Source, England.
Med. Prop. and Action. Astringent. It is best given in decoction. It has been regarded as anti-periodic, and its astringency depends upon the presence of Tannic and Gallic Acids. It is principally used as an external application, injection, &c.
Dose of powdered Oak Bark, gr. xxx. - gr. lx.
lx. ad Decoct. Oj.), is a safe and efficacious injection. Drs. Ballard and Garrod state that they know of few remedies more useful in Leucorrha.
2316. In Intermittens, Cullen§ advises its use. He states that, given by itself, or conjoined with Chamomile flowers, he has found it prevent the return of the paroxysm. Dr. Eberle|| employed baths of the decoction in the intermittents of young children. It is a remedy of minor value.
2317. In Malignant Coryza (Snuffles) of Children, the internal use of the decoction of Oak Bark is advised by Underwood.
2318. In Gangrene, and to indolent and ill-conditioned Ulcers, poultices of the powdered Bark have been applied with advantage. Bigelow advises the decoction as an astringent wash.
* Lectures, vol. ii. p. 539. Mat. Med., p. 325. On Diseases Peculiar to Women, 8vo, 1845.
§ Mat. Med., vol i. p. 45. || Practice of Physic.