Expressed from the beans of the palma christi, a handsome plant, originally from Asia. It is nasty, decidedly; but is a good, effective, and yet mild purgative medicine. It is the best cathartic, even for babies, when any irritation of the bowels is present; as in threatening of dysentery, and in some cases of colic.
Dose, from a teaspoonful to a tablespoonful. The best way to give it is to stir it well with twice the quantity of spiced syrup of rhubarb. So mixed, I have had patients to take it without finding out what it was.