Hyphear is useful for fattening cattle if they are hardy enough to withstand the purgative effect it produces at first; viscum is medicinally of value as an emollient, and in cases of tumour, ulcers and the like.
Castor-oil should not be used as a purgative.
Initially it was used externally to cure sores, and later drunk for its purgative qualities.
The root is strongly purgative (Lewis & Elvin-Lewis 1977).
Some of them, like the Kreuzbrunnen and the Ferdinandsbrunnen, contain alkaline-saline waters which resemble those of Carlsbad, except that they are cold and contain nearly twice the quantity of purgative salts.