The white oak is one of the most magnificent and noble hardwood trees growing in most of the U.S. It is the oak most highly valued for its timber with the exception of the live oak.
The white oak is the one chiefly used in medicine, and the inner portion of the BARK is the official portion. It is not easily pulverized. It has a feeble odor and a rough astringent and bitterish taste. Water and alcohol extracts its active properties.
It is a powerful astringent in internal and external hemorrhage. Useful in debility, scrofula, intermittent fevers, obstinate chronic diarrhea, and cholera infantum. A decoction can be advantageously employed as a bath when a combined tonic and astringent is desired and the stomach is not disposed to receive medicine kindly, particularly for children.
As an injection or wash in leucorrhea, diarrhea, dysentery, prolapsus uteri, relaxed vagina, by rectum in prolapsus ani, fissures and hemorrhoids, and as a gargle in slight inflammation of the fauces attended with prolapsed uvula, the decoction is often highly useful. Also as a gargle in ulcerated and inflamed throat and in suspicion of a light attack of diphtheria, add a little cayenne or composition powder. It may be taken in decoction internally in small and frequent doses. In acute and chronic diarrhea, add ginger, prickly ash or cayenne, when taken internally.
Reduced to powder and made into a poultice, it is recommended in cases of external gangrene and mortification.
The decoction makes a good wash for sweaty and tender feet, ulcers, sores, bruises, tetters, ringworm, and scaly eruptions, and to prevent the falling out of hair.
It is useful to harden gums prior to fitting with false teeth and is a good wash for sore mouth, spongy and bleeding gums.
A help in goitre would be a towel wrung out of a hot decoction and bound over this swollen gland. Repeat as required.
In tetter on both hands with fissures and bleeding with great swelling and pain use a strong decoction of oak bark. Relief should be had in a few hours.
The bark may be taken internally in the form of a powder, X, or decoction. The dose of the powder is from 30 gr. to 1 Dr., of the X about half as much. The decoction is made of 1 oz. bark in 1 qt. water, boiled down to 1 pt. and taken in wine-glassful doses.
The ACORNS are considered an old remedy for diarrhea. They are grated or powdered and washed down with water. Roasted and ground, acorns have been used as a coffee substitute. They were the staple food for humans in Northern Europe until the popularity of using cereal grains.