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Forni's Alpen Krauter Laxative

Forni's Alpen Krauter Laxative

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The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer are: This medicine is designed for relief from constipation and the following symptoms: upset stomach, indigestion, coated tongue, flatulence, loss of appetite, headache, nervousness, restlessness, and loss of sleep when these troubles are due to constipation. The carminative-stomachic action creates a feeling of warmth and comfort in the stomach. Alpen Krauter helps to expel gas from the stomach and intestines and eliminate waste products by way of the bowels.
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Object Name
otc preparation
Date made
after 1922
trademark registration date (Forni's Alpen Krauter)
Dr. Peter Fahrney and Sons Company
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Place Made
Canada: Manitoban, Winnipeg
Physical Description
alcohol 14% (drug active ingredients)
senna (drug active ingredients)
fennel (drug active ingredients)
mandrake root (drug active ingredients)
peppermint (drug active ingredients)
spearmint (drug active ingredients)
mountain mint (drug active ingredients)
horsemint (drug active ingredients)
sarsaparilla (drug active ingredients)
sassafras (drug active ingredients)
hyssop (drug active ingredients)
blessed thistle (drug active ingredients)
ditanny (drug active ingredients)
ground ivy (drug active ingredients)
johnswort (drug active ingredients)
lemon balm (drug active ingredients)
sage (drug active ingredients)
spikenard (drug active ingredients)
yarrow (drug active ingredients)
box: 9 1/4 in x 3 1/8 in x 3 1/8 in; 23.495 cm x 7.9375 cm x 7.9375 cm
bottle: 9 1/4 in x 2 5/8 in x 2 5/8 in; 23.495 cm x 6.6675 cm x 6.6675 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Gary P. and Sandra Baden
Indigestion & Nausea Drugs
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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One of my great grandmothers, Anna Schultz Kurth was born in Germany in 1875, immigrated to the US in 1881 and lived in Davenport, Iowa. She died there in 1959. Family stories about her say she used a patent medicine called “Alpen Krauter” (pronounced “alpin croiter”). I noticed it was 14% alcohol - interesting since Anna also apparently was a temperance person.
I recently found an order form from Dr. Peter Fahrney & Sons Co. that listed Alpenkraut for $1.50 for an 18 oz. bottle. This was around 1945.
Our housekeeper in northern minnesota drank this every day during my childhood days.

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