Cochineal. The female Cochineal Insect. An insect belonging to the order Hemiptera; reared in Mexico and Teneriffe, Another species is found in the Brazils.
Med. Prop. and Action. Cochineal has been employed as an anti-spasmodic; but, uncombined, it appears to have little power. In commerce, it is used as a dye; in pharmacy, as a colouring agent
Offic. Prep. Tinctura Cocci (Cochineal in powder oz. iiss.; Proof Spirit Oj.). Dose, fl. drm. ss. - fl. drs. iss.
In Hooping Cough, the Ammoniated Tincture of Cochineal has been extensively employed by the Germans. Dr. Wachtl, of Vienna, speaks of it in the highest terms; and Dr. Aberle also strongly advocates the use of the following mixture: - ℞ Pulv. Cocci ss., Liq. AmmoniAe fss., Spt. Vin. Kect. fvij., M. Dose, gutt v. - x. in water twice or thrice daily. Dr. Allnat states, that, for twenty years, he has successfully employed a mixture, composed of Cochineal j., Carb. of Potash 3j., and Water fviij. M., in doses of a teaspoonful, thrice daily, or oftener. Dr. Pavesi § also reports favourably of its efficacy.