The white poplar is a common tree in the U.S. It is also called quaking aspen.
The buds, gathered in winter, are very strongly medicinal. The inner bark and the buds are a stimulating tonic alterant.
The INNER BARK of the tree holds a high rank as a really good general tonic, taking the place of Peruvian bark and quinine; continued use has none of the drawbacks of quinine. One can forget that quinine was ever known if they will use this bark in conditions where quinine would be used.
It is possibly one of the best tonics one can use in old age, or in those brought to a low ebb by disease (debility).
It is very good in sub-acute and chronic diarrhea, chronic dysentery, and cholera infantum. It is a tonic not an astringent.
It tones the mucous membrane, is fine in a lax condition of the stomach resulting in digestive weakness, promotes appetite, and relieves indigestion.
It is one of the most effective tonics to the urinary system. The kidneys and bladder feel its power. In incontinence of urine, it will gradually increase the urine and relieve the aching back. In stricture, and catarrh of the bladder, it is very frequently used. Combined with uva ursi in excess, it will give good results in cystic and renal catarrh and congestions.
In eczema, purulent ophthalmia, syphihtic sores, and chronic gonorrhea, it is an excellent wash. It can be combined with other remedies, and it will not disappoint if a tonic effect is required. Use it in dysuria, and in stranguria.
The famous spiced bitters are made as follows: poplar, barberry bark, and balmony, all in powder and in equal parts. Mix 11. powder to 1 C. hot water, sweetened. Drink warm leaving the sediment. This is a fine hepatic tonic and is good for all sluggish conditions of the stomach with biliousness and torpid bowels.
The powder may be filled into capsules and taken in substance instead of the infusion, if desired.
It is also of use as a remedy in the debility of the female generative system; uterine, vaginal, and anal weakness, leucorrhea, and painful menstruation, both as a wash and for internal use.
An injection for anal prolapsus is made by mixing 3x oz. each poplar and bayberry in 16 oz. water.
In all cases of debility, faintness, and hysteria, white poplar bark can be freely taken.
Excellent as an external wash for cuts, bruises, bums, and fetid perspiration.
A simple infusion is made of 11. leaves, buds, or bark steeped in 1 C. boilng water. Drink cold 1 or 2 C. daily. When used as a wash, 11. borax added to 1 C. tea will be of benefit.