This regulates the bowels and tones up the system at the same time, no matter whether loose or costive.(For Cases brought on by Long-Continued Use of Calomel*)
Prickly ash bark, with dandelion root,
of each 2 ozs.; butternut bark 1 oz.
Boil thoroughly, strain and boil down to 1 qt. Then add loaf sugar 2 lbs., and alcohol 1 gill**, or brandy 1/2 pt.
Dose: A wine glass from 3 to 5 times daily, according to circumstances.
* Calomel (Mercurous chloride) was used as a diuretic and purgative in the early 1830s through the 1860s. It is toxic, although generally less dangerous than its mercuric chloride counterpart, it's use in medicine has been discontinued. Harsh purgatives were popular in the middle of the 19th century and this remedy was intended by Dr. Chase and a corrective against their overuse.
**1 gill =five fluid ounces