The Root of Dorstenia Contrajerva, Dorstenia Brasiliensis, and probably of other species. Nat. Ord. Moraceae. Linn. Syst. Moncia Tetrandria. Source, West Indies and South America.

Med. Prop. and Action. Stimulant, tonic, and diaphoretic, in doses of gr. xx. - gr. xxx. of the powdered root, or fl. oz. j. - fl. oz. ij. of infusion (oz. ss. Aq. fl. oz. v.). It occasionally causes vomiting. Its activity depends upon a volatile oil and a bitter extractive.

973. Therapeutic Uses

In Typhoid and other low Fevers, it was formerly in high esteem, and is favourably spoken of by Pringle, Huxham, and others. It is now almost obsolete.