This stinking drug is the concrete juice of the Ferula Assafoetida. It is antispasmodic, expectorant, stimulant and gently aperient. It is a valuable remedy for all nervous disorders; for spasmodic cough, asthma, and other disorders of the chest. The pills may be made thus:—Assafoetida, galbanum, myrrh, each 1 ounce; rectified oil of amber, half a drachm; beat them into a mass with simple syrup The dose is ten grains twice a day in hysteria and asthma.
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This page and the rest of the encyclopedia of medicinal herbs was reproduced from old herbals written in the 1700 and 1800s. They are of historical interest to show the traditional uses of various herbs based on folk medicine and ancient wisdom. However the traditional uses for these herbs have not been confirmed by medical science and in some cases may actually be dangerous. Do not use the these herbs for any use, medicinal or otherwise, without first consulting a qualified doctor.

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