History: Antispasmodic Tincture
is a tried and true remedy in American traditional herbal medicine.
It was made famous by the renowned American herbalist, Jethro Kloss,
in his classic American herbal, Back To Eden, which was first
published in 1939.
Action: This compound is both a strong, relaxing
antispasmodic, and a powerful diffusive stimulant. It acts to relieve
muscular and visceral tensions in the body while vitalizing and equalizing
the neurological force and the circulation of the blood and body fluids.
Uses: In Back To Eden Jethro Kloss recommended
Antispasmodic Tincture for the following conditions: asthma,
whooping cough, spasmodic croup, cramps, spasms, convulsions, epilepsy,
suspended animation, hysteria, fainting, delirium tremens, childbirth,
hydrophobia, and lockjaw. He also advised: “Apply externally
to any kind of swelling, cramps; is very beneficial
in rheumatism, lumbago, etc.” It is the authors
personal opinion that this compound could possibly be useful in moderating
the neurological symptoms of multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s
Dose: Preventative or restorative tonic:
Two to three times per day, take 15 to 30 drops in water.*
Acute: Three to five times per day, take 20 to 40
drops in water.*
The following information is given by Jethro Kloss in his famous herbal,
Back To Eden.
“We have given just a drop or two on the
tip of the finger, thrusting the finger into the mouth of a baby
in convulsions, and in less time than it takes to write this statement
the convulsions have ceased.”
“Dr. H. Nowell has poured a teaspoonful of the antispasmodic
tincture, full strength, between the clenched teeth of a case of
lockjaw and before a second teaspoonful could be poured from the
bottle the locked jaws have relaxed.”
“... in the case of infants, it should be rubbed well into
the neck, chest, and between the shoulders at the same time. Two
or three drops of the tincture in a raw state should be placed in
the mouth and washed down with teaspoonful doses of warm water and
the patient kept warm in bed. In all such cases relief will be experienced
in a few minutes, and by repeating the same treatment every one
or two hours a cure will soon be effected and the patient brought
to a state of convalescence.”
Cautions: Consult a qualified
midwife or physician before taking during pregnancy. * Because of
the Lobelia in this compound, large and frequent doses may induce
nausea or vomiting in some sensitive individuals. If this happens,
discontinue use for 24 hours, and then resume use with a lower number
of drops. Drops can be adjusted according to tolerance.
This compound is contraindicated for asthenic individuals with low
vitality and a weak constitution, and in cases of low blood pressure.
Many of the maladies listed above can often be serious health problems
or even life-threatening. Anyone suffering from any of these maladies
should be treated by a qualified healthcare practitioner.
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