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Platanus | Materia Medica by John Henry Clarke


Platanus | Materia Medica by John Henry Clarke

Platanus acerifolia (“the tree commonly grown in and about London as P. occidentalis.”–Treas. of Bot.). N. O. Platanaceae (of the Urtical alliance). Tincture of young shoots.

Clinical : Cataract. Ichthyosis.

Characteristics : Burnett has recorded (Dis. of Skin) a case of ichthyosis in an aged lady, in which Platanus caused considerable improvement in the condition of the skin. Another case (Delicate Children) was that of a girl, 5 1/2, “of the coal-black variety of the strumous, her forehead low and projecting,” who was blind from double cataract due to the shock of a fall in the first instance, the lenses having gradually silted up. In this case Platanus Ø was given (five drops night and morning) for a number of months, “with very evident improvement in the nutrition of the child’s lenses.” [Burnett names the remedy Platanus occ.; but his tincture was made from the London tree, which is Platanus. acer. It sheds its bark annually, which was the signature of its skin action.]

Platanus | Materia Medica by John Henry Clarke

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