Capsicum Compound Oil

The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer, or as found in contemporary medical literature, are:
For an irritant and a local stimulant. In proper quantities it excites a grateful warmth in the stomach and quickens the appetite and digestion. It tends to prevent flatulence occasioned by vegetable food and is of use by enabling feeble stomachs to digest food, as is shown by its efficacy in atonic dyspepsia. It is said to cure haemorrhoids, perhaps sometime cures intermittent fever, and it tends to prevent or to relieve sea-sickness. In delerium tremens it is beneficial by enabling the patient to retain and digest food. As a local stimulant it is particularly efficient in tonsillitis. [The National Dispensatory, Fifth Edition, 1896]
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Object Name
Object Type
date made
Fritzche Brothers
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
metal (lid material)
paper (label material)
capsicum (drug active ingredients)
overall: 7.6 cm x 3.5 cm; 3 in x 1 3/8 in
overall: 3 1/8 in x 1 1/2 in; 7.9375 cm x 3.81 cm
place made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Indigestion & Nausea Drugs
Rheumatism & Arthritis Drugs
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Health & Medicine
Botanical Medicine
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mario Casinelli
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