Moss, Corsican

Medical Herbs Catalogue


Moss, Corsican

otanical: Fucus helminthocorton (KÜTZ.)
Family: N.O. Algae Synonym: Alsidium Helminthocorton.
Part Used: Whole plant.
Habitat: Mediterranean coast, specially Corsica.

Description: The drug is obtained from twenty to thirty species of Algae, chiefly Sphaerococcus helminthocorton. It is cartilaginous, filiform repeatedly forked, colour varies from white to brown, it has a nauseous taste, bitter and salt, odour rather pleasant.

Medicinal Action and Uses: In Europe as an anthelmintic and febrifuge, it acts very successfully on lumbricoid intestinal worms. A decoction is made of it from 4 to 6 drachms to the pint. Dose, a wineglassful three times daily.

Dosage: Ten to 60 grains in syrup or in infusion.