The leaves of an Eastern plant; an active purgative, with a disposition to give some griping pain in its operation. This may be prevented by adding fennel seed {an aromatic) or oil of fennel to it when given.

Fluid extract of senna is a neat and not very unpleasant preparation ; with a drop of oil of fennel to each ounce, it is a very good laxative for infants or older children. Fluid extract of spigelia and senna has been mentioned already.

Slippery-Elm Bark has a demulcent property which makes it soothing to an inflamed or irritated part of the body ; in erysipelas, for example. It is rather heavy to the stomach for internal use to advantage.