Common Tormentil. Nat. Ord. Rosaceae. Linn. Syst. Icosan-dria Polygynia. Hab. Europe.
Med. Prop. and Action. The rhizome is astringent and tonic. It is best given in the form of decoction (oz. ij., Water Oiss., boiled to Oj.), in doses of fl. oz. iss. two or three times daily. It contains about 17 per cent. of Tannin, upon which its astringency depends.
Dose of the powdered rhizome, gr. xxx. - gr. lx.
In the advanced stages of Dysentery and Diarrhoea, when inflammatory action has been subdued, the Decoction of Tormentilla (ante) may be given with evident advantage. In the Diarrhoea of Phthisis, it is said to be particularly useful.
2783. In Ulceration and Sponginess of the Gums, the decoction proves useful, as an astringent wash or gargle.
Its value is improved by the addition of Alum (3j. ad Oj.).
Toxicodendron. See Rhus Toxicodendron.