Diarrhea Syrup

Diarrhea Syrup

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*)
Boxwood, Black cherry, Celandine, 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

Boxwood * Celandine * Dandelion * Prickly Ash Bark * Wild Cherry *
Recipe Instructions:
Source: Dr. Chase. "Dr. Chase's Recipes", (1866)

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  • Archaic :Many early herbal remedies are culled from books in the public domain and continue to be of great interest to modern herbalists and others interested in the history and practice of botanical medicine. They are presented here for informational purposes only, and are not meant to be taken without the knowledge required to adapt them to modern herbal practices.
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