Foreign. The stiff hairs which cover the pods, or seed vessels, are used. This hair or pile scraped off, and mixed in some viscid vehicle, is the part to be taken to dislodge intestinal worms, especially the lumbrici, resembling earth worms. It is a most effectual remedy. The dose is from 3 to 10 grains, or more, on going to bed, in treacle, honey, or syrup; repeated for 3 or 4 days, and then administer a brisk purgative, as infusion of Senna. Cowhage is quite harmless, in a vehicle as above.
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