Decholin with Belladonna


The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer are: in functional constipation: corrects constipation naturally- true hydrocholeresis produces "...a marked increase both in volume and fluidity of the bile" which is ".. the normal laxative of the digestive tract." Makes elimination easier- overcomes "a tendency to hard, firm stools..." Avoids catharsis- "none of the patients complained of abdominal cramping..." Helps regain normal bowel habits- majority of patients are " to decrease the dosage...within a short time..." and some to "...discontinue the drug altogether." relieves related G.I. distress- Decholin/Belladonna provides relief of flatulence, nausea, bloating, belching, and indigestion- common in constipated patients.

Date Made: ca. 1955

Maker: Ames Company

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Indiana, Elkhart

Subject: Laxatives


See more items in: Medicine and Science: Medicine, Balm of America


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Gift of Mr. James Harvey Young

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1989.0711.67Catalog Number: 1989.0711.67Accession Number: 1989.0711

Object Name: Pharmaceuticalotc preparation

Physical Description: dehydrocholic acid 0.25 gm (overall active ingredients)extract of belladonna 0.01 gm (overall active ingredients)Measurements: overall: 18 cm x 8.5 cm x .4 cm; 7 1/16 in x 3 3/8 in x 3/16 inoverall, folded: 3 3/8 in x 7 in x 3/8 in; 8.5725 cm x 17.78 cm x .9525 cm


Record Id: nmah_748966

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.