Sulkin's Jamaican Ginger Tincture

Bottle reads Contains 90% Alcohol by Volume. Prepared from selective Ginger Roots in a concentrated form using alcohol to extract the virtues of the drug. This is strictly a medicinal preparation and has made with with non beverage alcohol. This Ginger is an excellent stimulant in cases of distress of stomach, cramps, diarrhoea [sic], colds etc. Dose: a half teaspoonful in hot water, sweetened if preferred.

" Zingiber

Ginger was introduced from Asia through Arabia into Greece and Europe generally, and the Arabian and the later Greek physicians employed it as a condiment and carminative, and also as an aphrodisiac and general stimulant. The also recognized the effect of its excessive use in debilitating the stomach. It is a carminative stimulant when taken internally, and when applied to the skin is occasions redness, heat, and tingling. Snuffed in to the nostrils, its powder is a powerful sternutatory, and when the rhizome is chewed it causes a copious secretion of saliva. Ginger i slargeely employed in cooking, as the spices proper are, to render more digestible various preparations of flour, sugar, and certain vegetables, and also to expel the flatus produced by the decomposition of food in the digestive canal. In flatulent colic ginger is prescribed in powder or in tincture as a carminative and anodyne. It may be given in powder mixed with hot water, but the tincture is preferable. The infusion and tincture have been largely used to correct diarrhea occasioned by cold, and even for a similiar purpose in teh forming stage of epidemic cholera. Ginger has also been recommended in chronic bronchitis.
As a rubefacient and anodyne it is much employed in cataplasms and fomentations for the relief of colic, muscular rheumatism, neuralgia, toothache, headache, etc. The infusion is of use in recent cases of relaxation of the uvula, and of aphonia from a similar condition of the larynx. The rhizome may be used as a masticatory in paralysis of the tongue, cheek and parts supplied by the portio dura of the fifth pair."

- p. 1737, The National Dispensary: Fifth Edition. Philadelphia: Lea Brothers & Co. (1894)

"Jake was a Jamaican ginger extract, one of the hundreds of dubious but harmless patent medicines that Americans had been relying on for a century. A pale-orange concoction packaged in a two-ounce glass bottle, it was supposed to treat catarrh, flatulence, and "late menstruation". Because it was as much as eighty-five-percent [to ninety percent] alcohol, it packed the kick of four jiggers of Scotch. And it was legal. Patent medicines had been providing an end run around temperance laws since Maine became the first state to go dry, in 1851." - Excerpt from Jake Leg by Dan Baum in The New Yorker (9/15/2003)

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