This section of the book is from the "Household Companion: The Family Doctor" book
A powerful purgative medicine, having a particular tendency to act on the lower bowel. Therefore it is not a suitable cathartic in cases of Piles. Yet, in a very small, not purgative, dose, it is sometimes added to other medicines for the relief of piles. Its action on the lower bowel makes it more appropriate when delay of the feminine monthly flow is treated by laxative medicines. The Tincture of Aloes and Myrrh (Elixir Proprietatis) has been much employed for this end. Dose of Aloes, from one or two to ten or more grains. Dose of Tincture of Aloes and Myrrh, from one to three or four teaspoonfuls, in water.