SYN: Stimulant - although a true stimulant arouses the body to unusual activity. It is like a whip... used only in emergencies. It increases vital activity to much greater degree than a tonic.

Dr Kellogg

Dr Kellogg says...


The success of hydriatic procedures depends as much upon the faithfulness and thoroughness of the attendant as upon the nature of the procedure itself. Every little detail must receive conscientious attention. No person can become qualified to administer hydriatic treatment in a satisfactory manner unless he is capable of following a prescription with absolute precision. p 406


from Dr JH Kellogg's Prescriptions...

One of the two major hydriatic effects involves increasing function and metabolism of the whole body or an organ, opp. sedative

Two Classes of Effects :-

  1. Intrinsic Excitant
  2. Reactionary Excitant


from Dr GK Abbott's Prescriptions...

Used in emergencies

Aim: to sustain vital activity until the crisis passes and the patient's vitality returns.

see also...

Therapeutic Effects: