This tonic contains poke
root, gentian, dandelion, and essential oil of lemon. Dr.
Jones advised its use with older patients and those whose appetites
are poor. He also suggested that people with breast cancer
whose breast is hard "like old cheese" use this syrup.
In addition, he prescribed it for patients with tumors of the
throat, uterus, and rectum. For those with cancer of the tongue,
he added potassium iodide to the basic tonic.
Gentian is a popular digestive bitter. It is
an ingredient in the famous Angostura Aromatic Bitters. It is
used to stimulate the appetite and promote production of gastric
secretions. As such, it is often used to overcome both anorexia
and cachexia. but some traditional uses include topical applications
on skin tumors.
Daniel Mowbry, author of The
Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine, adds a highly
interesting note: "Gentian root increases the sensitivity
of many glands and organs to the effect of adrenalin”.
Dandelion—from the French
Teeth"— is a common weed throughout the Northern hemisphere.
Much as gardeners may find it a nuisance, insects and birds love
dandelions and help to assure its survival against the ravages
of Round Up and other threats to existence.
Both the leaves and roots are used
medicinally, mostly for liver complaints and sometimes as a blood
tonic. Depending on the soil in which the plant is grown and
when it is harvested, the root can contain as much as 24% inulin,
a prebiotic, and most agree it also helps the body to produce
friendly intestinal bacteria, such as bifidus. What is less certain
is whether inulin also performs an immune function, enabling
T-cells to function better. Inulin is also sometimes credited
with the ability to protect against angiogenesis.
Quite a lot of research has been performed on
dandelion. In China, it has a long tradition of use with breast
cancer, but the Japanese are studying it in connection with ascites.
Dandelion is found in many grain coffees, patent
medicines, and herbal formulas. It is a diuretic and can be used
in cooking as well as medicine. There is no toxicity, and you
can eat dandelion greens in more or less the same manner that
you would salad greens or spinach.
See the synopsis of this important herb on the page
on Algonquin Drops.
This formula has been slightly
modified. The original Jones formula called for two parts fresh
green phytolacca root and one part each, gentian and dandelion.
Our syrup is made with honey instead of sugar, and we have
added essential oil of lemon because of studies concerning
the antitumor effects of limonene, especially in breast cancer.
According to Kurt Schnaubelt in his textbook Medical
Aromatherapy, lemon oil is anti-infectious
as well as detoxifying and regenerating to the liver.