Convolvulus Jalapa.—It is a plant of Mexico and Vera Cruz. The root is used. Half a drachm of Jalap proves an effectual, and in general, a safe purgative, operating mildly. But in hypochondriacal disorders, and in hot bilious tempera­ments, it gripes violently, if the jalap be good, and rarely takes due effect as a purge. The best form for its administration is the compound powder, composed of jalap in powder, 3 ounces, cream of tartar, 6 ounces, and ginger, 2 drachms , well rubbed up together;— dose, half a drachm to a drachm. Jalap accelerates the action of rhubarb, and in this form it expels worms. Some, for that purpose, acid a little calomel; but powdered Wormwood would be better. In rheumatism jalap is an excellent purge. When triturated with sugar, in small doses, it is a safe purge for children; they will receive it in this way, the jalap having but little taste.
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