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Mausert's Formulas (1932)

Mausert's Formulas (1932)

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Mausert’s Formulæ
extracted from:
HERBS FOR HEALTH
A concise treatise on Medicinal HerbsTheir usefulness and correctcombinations in thetreatment of Disease
A GUIDE TO HEALTHBY NATURAL MEANS
P
ublished by
Dr. Otto MausertSan Francisco, California(1932)
 
EDITOR’S NOTE
Otto Mausert
was a German Naturopath who practiced in San Francisco beforeWorld War II. Naturopathy at this point in time was rather different thanNaturopathy as we know it today, i.e. an alternative approach to primary health caretaught in three post-graduate medical schools and board-licensed in 10 states of theU.S., with similar status in Canada and Australia. German Naturopathy was ahome-made populist medical-anarchism, drawing from the alternative medicalmovements in the U.S., the Eclectics, the Physio-Medicalists and the laterThompsonians, combined with various aspects of the European Nature-CureMovement and Knieppian Water-Curists. The end result was a grab-bag of Eclecticism, charismatic healing and borderline semi-quackery, with Arnold Ehret,Benedict Lust and Otto Mausert being some well-known practitioners.Seven years after the last Eclectic Medical School closed it’s doors inCincinnati, the wholistic health movement was transplanted, as it were, back to itsspiritual homeland the U.S. in 1946 in Yellow Springs, Ohio, as the National Collegeof Naturopathic Medicine (for years now in Portland, Oregon). There (and later inKansas) it re-evolved from German Naturopathy into the present-day discipline,with heavy emphasis on Anatomy and Physiology, with therapies based onnutrition, adjustments, phytopharmacy, TCM, Homeopathy, etc., a mixed bag of clinically effective approaches to wholistic treatment, minus the semi-quackery and(unfortunately) charisma of the Germans.Mausert’s formulas bridged a gap between the Medical Eclectics and thecurrent “Herbal Renaissance”, and, together with
Back to Eden
 by Jethro Kloss (apopulist, self-taught Neo-Thompsonian of the Purge-and-Puke school) they arealmost the sole published remnants of The Herbal Dark Ages. Up until perhaps1970, Mausert’s formulas were sold by number by Nature’s Herb Company, HerbProducts, Kiehl’s Pharmacy and (I believe) by Wide World of Herbs (Montreal) andDr. Clayton. Although his thumbnail descriptions of the therapeutic value of herbswas simplistic, even fanciful (down-written for the laity), the formulæ are sound.Out of print for years (with several republications under OTHER people’snames, in the same fashion that Joseph Myer published
The Herbalist,
i.e.
 
 byphotographing pages directly from an older, little-known herb manual and slappingHIS name on it), these formulas are robust, charismatic, daring, and crude. Theyalso WORK. A few constituents can no longer be found, chloroform and ether areonly obtainable by a physician and/or pharmacist, and, not a field herbalist, Mausertfrequently relied on SEVERAL names for the same plant (Cimicifuga AND Black Cohosh), names used by the various sellers of herbs in those transition years,reflecting both former pharmaceutical nomenclature and folk usage.Many of these formulas are echoed by John Christopher and other laterherbalists, but most are unique and iconoclastic, based on years of practice, and forma unique body of work, an evolutionary thread distinct from the Eclectics, the BritishMedical Herbalists and “regular” medicine of 100 years ago.Michael Moore 6/95
 
HERB FORMULAS
(from the book “Herbs for Health)OTTO MAUSERT, N.D. (1932)All formulas in this book have been thoroughly tested in regard totheir effectiveness and reliability. They cover all points of information inthe treatment of the different diseases and are based on the practicalexperience of a lifetime. There is, therefore, no necessity of givingnumerous formulas for each ailment, making their selection difficult andleaving the results that are expected to guess work.The formulas in this book are all written in weight and liquidmeasure, as this is the only way to get uniform and correctly dosedpreparations. The expected results depend to a great extent on thisexactness.The measurements you find in so many formulas, such astablespoonful, cupful, handful, etc., are very inaccurate, becausetablespoons, cups and hands are not all the same size. But a weight, suchas an ounce, is always the same, no matter what is weighed—lead orfeathers. A tablespoonful of a herb, if cut fine or powdered, will hold twiceas much, or more, than a tablespoon of a coarser cut. Therefore apreparation made by measure is inaccurate. It will be different every timeit is made and the results will naturally be uncertain.The following is a table of weights and measures
DRACHM
equals 60 grains for weight and 60 minims (drops) for liquidmeasure.
OUNCE
equals 8 drachms for weight or liquid measure.
POUND
equals 16 ounces for weight.
PINT
equals 16 ounces liquid measure.
QUART
equals 2 pints liquid measure.
GALLON
equals 4 quarts liquid measure.
PROPORTIONATE DOSE FOR CHILDREN
Children should never be given medicine in the same dosesrecommended for adults. The usual proportionate dose, where themedicine is suitable for a child, is as follows:4 Years—One-Sixth Adult Dose6 Years—One-Fourth Adult Dose8 Years—One-Third Adult Dose12 Years—One-Half Adult Dose15 Years—Two-Thirds Adult Dose

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