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498. Decoctions.

These should only be made as they are wanted; pipkins or tin saucepans should be used for the purpose; and no decoction should be boiled longer than ten minutes.

499. Chimaphila.--Take one ounce of pyrols (chimaphila, or winter-green), and boil it in a pint and a half of water until the water is reduced to one pint; then strain. Dose, from one to two ounces, four times a day. Use in dropsies, as a diuretic.

500. Logwood.--Boil one ounce and a half of bruised logwood in two pints of water until the water is reduced to one pint; then add one drachm of bruised cassia, and strain. Dose, from one to two ounces. Use as an astringent.

501. Dandelion.--Take two ounces of the freshly-sliced root, and boil it in a quart of water until it comes to a pint. Dose, from two to four ounces, that is to say, from an eighth of a pint to a quarter of a pint. Use for sluggish state of the liver.


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