Foreign. Bitter Apple, a plant of the natural order, Cucurbitaceae. It is the fruit of a creeping plant, growing the shores of the Mediterranean. An extract from the dried pulp is used in medicine. It is very useful in habitual constipation, in affections of the brain, as a revulsive. In small doses it is expectorant, diuretic, and alterative. Dose; —powder take it 2 to grains; Extract, from 4 to 10 grains. It is best to take with some aromatic, to neutralize its griping tendency. Pills, combine with rhubarb, ginger, and extract of gentian. It is a most valuable aperient, tending to discharge watery humours.
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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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