Benefits of Serpentaria

Serpentaria is also called Virginia snake root. It grows throughout the Middle, Southern, and Western States of America.

Its smell is strong, aromatic, and camphorous with a warm, bitter taste that is also camphorous. The ROOT yields all its virtues to water and alcohol. Taken in small doses, it is used in dyspeptic troubles promoting the appetite and digestion. In nettle rash or sumac poisoning, take the infusion freely for a few hours, then stop.

It is useful in rheumatism, typhus, and in fevers, especially in typhoid, whether idiopathic or symptomatic, when the system begins to feel the necessity for support but is unable to bear active stimulation. It is accepted by the digestive organs when Peruvian Bark cannot be taken.

In languid or sluggish conditions of the alvine canal, small doses will do good. It is NOT to be used if the alvine canal is irritated.

In infusion, it is useful in all eruptive diseases where the eruption is tardy or has receded; as a gargle in sore or inflamed throat and in malignant sore throat. Also during parturition where the extremities are cold, circulation poor and pains inefficient, and will also prohibit possible flooding. It has been highly recommended in intermittent fevers, though generally inadequate to cure, it has often proven serviceable as an adjunct to Peruvian bark or quinine.

In hot infusion, its influence is primarily toward the skin, the capillaries, and soon it is felt by the whole arterial system and the heart impulse becomes stronger and fuller. By its stimulating action upon the arterial side of the circulation, the whole nervous system is aroused.

The uterus feels its influence, and it is valuable in menstruation suppressed by colds.

A cold infusion quite freely influences the kidneys and relieves congestion and torpor.

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Serpentaria should NOT be boiled, as boiling impairs its strength. To do good, take in small doses, use thoroughly and then stop. If an emetic is desired, take in stronger doses.

The general dose of the powdered root is from 10 to 30 gr. or for an infusion, steep 11. granulated root in 1 C. boiling water for half an hour. Take 1 T. 3 to 6 times daily.

The infusion is preferred. The decoction or extract would be less desirable as the volatile oil, upon which the virtues of the medicine partly depend, is dissipated by boiling.

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