This substance is used as a stimulant and anti-spasmodic in hysterical and nervous diseases, and spasmodic cough; as an expectorant in asthma; and as a carminative in flatulent colic. The usual dose is from five grains to half a drachm, combined, if necessary, with expectorants in cough, and with chalybeates and aloetics in hysterical complaints. The following formula will sometimes allay obstinate attacks of spasmodic cough, and has been found useful even in [w]hooping-cough : —
Take of Assafoetida, half a drachm;
Mindererus’s Spirit, two ounces;
Penny-royal Water, two ounces.
Mix, and take one or two table spoonsful for a dose.
For the relief of colic in the bowels, the following glyster may be administered :—
Assafoetida, two drachms;
Thin Gruel, ten ounces.
(Assafoetida was used by the ancients as a condiment, under the names of Silphion and Laserpitium. In Persia, it is still esteemed as a condiment, and mixed with almost all their dishes. Gastronomers, as the French term those who delight in the pleasures of the palate, among the moderns, employ it for the same purpose; having the hot plates on which they eat beef steaks rubbed with it.)
Source: A Companion To The Medicine Chest, John Savory.Filed under Ingredient | Tags: antispasmodic, asafoetida, assafoetida, asthma, bowels, carminative, colic, cough, expectorant, flatulence, gruel, hysteria, pennyroyal, stimulant | Comment (0)