Its present use is that of an astringent, tonic, and alterative, and also that of an expectorant.
The alterative medicine was to be given in tablespoonfuls—two tablespoonfuls to a dose.
As a natural consequence of the foregoing he regards “alterative action” as “habit-breaking action.”
It has also some reputation as an alterative and resolvent, and as an anodyne.
A spoonful night and morning for a week or longer, as an alterative or purifier of the blood; in skin diseases, &c.
alterative and discutient; used to disperse indolent tumours and swellings, and as a resolvent in enlarged joints, &c.
I pledge myself to take your alterative regularly, constantly.
It is occasionally employed as a medicine, and, like other preparations of gold, is of an alterative character.
Dose: As an alterative and to act on the liver and secretions, from two to five grains two or three times a day.
Nearly every alterative drug has had its period of popularity.