Benefits of European Columbo (Cocculus Palmatus)

This climbing plant is a native of and grows wild in Mozambique, Africa. The American columbo is the root of the Frasera Carolinesis, which is sometimes used as a substitute. It is claimed the name columbo derives from the city of Columbo in Ceylon, from which the herb was exported, but it is also believed a more probable derivation is from the word “calumb,’ which is said to be the Mozambique name for the root. Natives call it “kalumb.”

Columbo is among the most useful and valuable of the tonics.

The virtues of the ROOT are extracted by boiling water and by alcohol. The ROOT is brittle and easily pulverized but spoils by keeping after having been reduced to powder. It is best to powder as it is required for use.

Columbo influences chiefly the mucous membrane of the alvine tract. It invigorates the stomach, improves the appetite, and assists digestion and assimilation.

Being without astringency, it is generally acceptable to the stomach and is an excellent remedy in simple dyspepsia and those states of debility attending convalescence from acute disorders, especially of the alimentary canal. Hence it is often prescribed in the declining stages of remittent fever, dysentery, diarrhea, cholera morbus, and cholera infantum. The absence of irritating properties renders it also an appropriate tonic in hectic fever of phthisis and its kindred affections. It is frequently combined with other tonics, with aromatics and mild cathartics, and with antacids.

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The following is most effective in a disposition to the accumulation of flatus in the bowels: infuse 1/2 oz. each powdered columbo and powdered ginger and 1 dr. senna in 1 pt. boihng water. Cover till cold and take in dose of 1 wine-glassful 3 times daily.

Columbo is much used by the natives of Mozambique and the neighboring parts of Africa in dysentery and other diseases. An astringent could be added. Columbo, by combining with other remedies, may be made to influence any particular part of the mucous membrane.

As a tonic it may be substituted for Peruvian bark. It is soothing to the mucous membrane, will not excite nausea, and is of excellent service in allaying the vomiting of pregnancy. It is a much milder tonic than gentian; and is valuable in all cases of dyspepsia, weak and irritated conditions of the stomach, and can be used safely with good effect both before and after confinement.

In convalescence from fevers, where the mucous membrane of the alvine tract is in an irritated condition, it is a good remedy. In pulmonary consumption, it is a most useful tonic, having a slightly demulcent property and having no stimulating effect upon the bowels. It has no tendency to purge and, because of this, is often used in combination with other pulmonary remedies.

The following is a formula used for weak and impaired digestion: boil in 1 qt. water 1 oz. each columbo root, white poplar bark and raspberry leaves, and 1/2 oz. horehound for 15 min. Strain while hot on 1/2 t. cayenne. Dose 1/2 wine-glassful 3 or 4 times daily.

Columbo is most commonly used in infusion. The dose of the powder is from 10 to 30 grains and may be repeated 3 or 4 times daily. It is frequently combined with powdered ginger.

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