This herb grows in wet mowing land, by the side of brooks. It is about the size of mint, the leaves some larger; the stalk is four square. It bears a white blossom of singular form, resembling a snake's head with mouth open. For this reason it is sometimes known as snake-head or turtle bloom. This herb is a very good one to correct the bile, and create an appetite. A tea made of it may be used alone, or it may be added to the other articles described under No. 4, which are all calculated to restore the digestive powers.
It is a good remedy in the treatment of dyspepsia and may be used freely for atonic conditions. It influences the liver and is a moderate stimulating cho-lagogue. It is of service in the treatment of chronic jaundice on account of its action on the bile. As a mild hepatic tonic it does well in convalescence from fevers and other diseases where the liver was involved. In mal-assimilation it is one of the best agents, and it does good service in ridding the system of worms - stomach worms. In general debility it is of service as a tonic.
Combined with diuretics its tonic powers are exerted on the kidneys; and in dropsy where there is chronic hepatic and gastric torpor the influence of this remedy is good. Dose of the Tincture if from one-half to one drachm.