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Common Name: Yerba Santa | Scientific Name: Eriodyctyon Glutinosa

Family Name: Hydrophyllaceae


Notes from the Eclectic Physicians

Notes from the Eclectic Physicians

1901 : Harvey W Felter (Appendix) – ERIODICTYON – YERBA SANTA
BOTANICAL ORIGIN – The leaves of Eriodictyon glutinosum, Bentham. Nat. Ord., Hydrophyllaceae . Yerba santa (holy or sacred herb) is a shrub growing in clumps in dry situations in California and northern Mexico .

This agent is valued by some practitioners chiefly for its effects upon the respiratory tract, relieving chronic laryngeal, bronchial, and broncho-pulmonic catarrhal troubles. It is a remedy for cough with copious and easy expectoration. It is of some value in chronic humid asthma with profuse expectoration, thickened bronchial membranes, anorexia. impaired digestion and loss of flesh. The dose of specific yerba santa is 10 to 30 drops, preferably in syrup, every 3 or 4 hours.

Syn. – Eriodictyon; Yerba Santa; Mountain Balm

P. E. – Leaves

N. O. – Hydrophyllaceae.

N. H. – California , U.S.A.

Properties:Tonic, expectorant, astringent, sedative, diaphoretic.

Use: A valuable remedy in diseases of the respiratory organs. One of our best remedies in chronic bronchitis, chronic laryngitis, and chronic gastric catarrh. Under its influence the cough will gradually leave, expectoration becomes less, appetite will improve and health is restored. In paralysis of the bronchial muscles it relieves the congested or thickened epithelium. In aphonia of tubercular nature or from chronic laryngitis it is our best remedy. Our best restorative remedy for the respiratory organs. We also think of it in hemorrhoids, coughs and colds, asthma, pneumonia, and in kidney and Bright’s disease. Of value in cystitis and chronic derangement of the kidneys.

In tuberculosis of the lungs and asthma it is one of our best remedies. Eriodictyon is valuable in both acute and chronic diseases of the respiratory organs. It should be given in doses of 2 to 8 drops every 2 to 3 hours; or eriodictyon drachms 2 to 4, syrup or glycerine 4 ounces, a teaspoonful every 2 to 4 hours. Where a stimulating effect is needed good rock and rye may be used as a menstrum in place of syrup or glycerine, and will often be found better, especially in tuberculosis of the lungs; or colds where stimulation is indicated.

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