Canchalagua

Natural History.
     Erythraea venusta – Centaury

General.
     Used extensively as a fever remedy and bitter tonic (Gentiana), antimalarial and antiseptic. Of use in severe type of intermittent fever in hot countries; also, in influenza. Sore, as if bruised all over. Sensation of drops falling from and upon different spots.

Head.
     Congested. Scalp feels tight; head feels as if bound; burning in eyes; buzzing in ears.

Fever.
     Chill all over; worse in bed at night. Sensitive to cold trade-winds on Pacific Coast. General sore and bruised feeling; nausea and retching.

Skin.
     Wrinkled like a washer woman’s. Scalp feels tight, as if drawn together by India-rubber.

Dose.
     Tincture, in drop doses. Must be made from the fresh plant. Its medicinal properties are lost in the dry.