colocynth


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col·o·cynth

(kol'ō-sinth),
The peeled dried fruit of Citrullus colcynthis (family Cucurbitaceae), an herb that grows on the sandy shores of the Mediterranean, resembling somewhat the watermelon plant; formerly widely used as a cathartic and laxative.
Synonym(s): bitter apple
[G. kolokynthē, the round gourd or pumpkin]

colocynth

A drastic purgative drug, no longer in use.

colocynth

citrulluscolocynthis.
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The fruit of the colocynth is said to be used as a strong laxative.
Interpretation can only be managed by the cognoscenti in the audience who know that colocynth and aloe are botanical purgatives, while calomel is a chloride of mercury, all the "uncompounded" ingredients of emetic and laxative pills.
The dried pulp of the unripe but full grown fruit freed from the rind, constitutes the drug colocynth and was included in the Pharmacopoeia of India for treating loss of hair (The Wealth of India 1992).
Dr Tanvir Jamil recommends colocynth (bitter cucumber) 6C, and/or argentum nitricum (silver nitrate) 6C, four times daily.
Scammony, aloes and colocynth are all purgative drugs.