The dried flowers and unripe seeds of the Brayera Authelmintica, obtained from Abyssinia. It is a most efficient cure for the tapeworm. Dr. S. Thompson says, "In two cases which had resisted all previous treatment, I found the Kousso perfectly successful." It should be taken in the morning fasting; no solid food to be taken for 24 hours before taking it, and a dose of castor oil administered the previous evening. Half an ounce of the powder must be taken, which must be infused in warm water, and taken unstrained; it will be more palatable with honey and lemon juice; and if it does not operate in 10 or 12 hours follow with a dose of castor oil. It is very seldom that a second dose is required; if it is, repeat in a day or two after the first, taking only very simple food.
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