This purgative substance is the concrete gum of the Convolvulus Seammonium. It is imported from Smyrna. It is a powerful drastic purge, closely allied, in its operation, to jalap, but more active and irritating, yet not so nauseous.

It is used as a smart purge for children, especially for those who have worms, on account of the smallness of the dose necessary to produce its effect, the slight taste, and the energy of its operation. It is useful as a hydragogue in dropsies. As a vermifuge it might he combined with powdered Wormwood, or Tansy, et cetera. It is inadmissible, however, in inflammatory conditions of the alimentary canal.The close of the powder for adults is, from 5 to 10 grains; for children, from 2 to 5 grains. It should always be combined with an aromatic to prevent griping. The Compound Scammony Powder of the shops is the best; dose of it, for an adult, from 10 to 20 grains; and for children from six to twelve years old, half that quantity.
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