This is the root of the Krameria Triandria, a native of Peru, where it is called Ratanhia. It is a powerful astringent, and tonic, and is very efficacious in debility and relaxation, in chronic diarrhoea, and passive hemorrhages, or dysentery. It is much used in the manufacture of Port Wine, and in some cases with Logwood, to which it gives its rich red colour, and astringency. It may be administered in infusion; half an ounce of the root bruised to six ounces of boiling water; and by decoction, by boiling two ounces of the bruised root in a pint of distilled water; Dose of each from one to two ounces. The tincture is very useful. Take a tea-spoonful or two in water, two or three times a day.
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