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NAT. ORD., Piperaceae.
COMMON NAME, Lizard's Tail.
PREPARATION.--The entire plant including the root is macerated in twice
its weight of alcohol.
(The following short notice of this almost unknown remedy
appeared in the Homoeopathic Recorder, 1895:)
Readers who are interested in the remedies of nature rather than those
produced in the laboratory and sold under trademarks will remember that
it was Dr. D. L. Phares, of Mississippi, who, over half a century ago,
pointed out the wonderful virtues of Passiflora incarnata, so much
used to-day. What Dr. Phares said of the remedy laid dormant until Hale,
in his ever perennial New Remedies, rescued it from the dusty pages of
old medical journals, in which so much of value is buried awaiting
resurrection. Among such buried remedies is Saururus cernuus or, as it
is more commonly known, "lizard's tail." Dr. Phares, who seems to have
been an unusually keen observer, used Saururus cer. in his practice,
as he did Passiflora, for many years before he communicated his
observations to the medical journals, and the Saururus seems to be
quite as important and useful a remedy in its sphere as is Passiflora,
and one quite as worthy of a thorough proving. In absence of proving it
may be said that Dr. Phares used it for years with marked success in all
irritation and inflammation of the kidneys, bladder, prostate and
urinary passages. He considered it peculiarly adapted to all such cases
if they were attended by strangury, or painful and difficult urination.
Dr. Phares used the remedy both externally and internally and he found
that the stomach was very tolerant of the rather heroic doses he
The plant is an indigenous perennial found in swampy localities, in some
parts of the United States, and has been, and is still, used in domestic
practice for those conditions for which Dr. Phares commends it.
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