The following article constitutes a separate department
of this book, and does not have any relationship with Neuropathy,
but is added because of its importance to the many who have conditions
which may be relieved by applying the suggestions and remedies
When we consider how long and ardently we studied
medicine - the various theories - first, the Botanic, then the
Eclectic, then Allopathy, then Homeopathy, and all of the mental
and physical sciences, including Osteopathy, Chiropractic, Ophthalmology,
Suggestion, and many other side specialties, we learned that disease
could be traced to three, conditions: first, invasion; second,
retention, and third, enervation. This we learned through the
literature of Dr. W. H. Burgess, of Chattanooga, Tennessee. So
far as any medicine system is concerned we think his system the
most plausible. Outside of nerve pressure, and nerve enervation,
from over-use, there is, perhaps, not a system of medication fraught
with more certainty of favorable results. The principal and most
potent remedies he uses are the simplest kinds and easily procured.
There are a few things recommended by the doctor worthy the consideration
of every one who desires to use medicine in any form which we
feel no hesitancy in recommending. His books are certainly unique
and full of sound reasoning and practical common sense. His preparations
are on the specific order, and for many conditions there is nothing
better, in our humble opinion, for some of them we have tested
to our entire satisfaction. Those who want to know his system
can learn it by purchasing and studying his books. The book entitled
the "New Field," and the one "Chronic Diseases,"
will be read with great interest by those who desire to know how
to successfully practice medicine.
The medicines are put up in convenient form and
not costly, and they get right to the work of neutralizing the
toxins, removing the retained poisons, and toning up the nervous
system. It will be an "eye-opener" to the medical practitioners
everywhere. We have a method of our own in the treatment of disease,
and so far as manipulations are concerned there is none better,
and curative of all functional human ills; but some people want
medicine, and to such we recommend getting the best, and the least
harmful, and the most effectual for meeting the emergencies, and
curing certain conditions. That there are agencies in the way
of medicine which are useful we hesitate not to say and believe
that common sense should be exercised in all things, and that
nothing should be withheld which is harmless, that will ameliorate
the conditions of suffering humanity. We cordially recommend all
that is needed to relieve suffering humanity.
For neuralgia. - Spread one side of a piece of cloth
with the white of an egg, and sprinkle black pepper on it till
black (with the pepper), and then apply on the affected part.
If in the head, place it on the temples and back of the ears.
For headache. - Cotton wet in tincture of camphor,
and applied over nape of neck and over top-side head, bound on,
cures by one application generally.
For heart trouble: Pain in and around it. - Wring
cloths out of hot water in which mustard has been added, one tablespoonful
of mustard to a quart of the hot water, stirred well, wring cloths
moderately dry, and apply them at the pit of the stomach and over
the heart where the pain is.
Diphtheria. - One teaspoonful of tannin, one teaspoonful
of pulverized alum and one teaspoonful of sugar, mixed all thoroughly
together; and then hold the tongue down, and with a quill, or
a paper, rolled so as to be able to blow a quarter to a half teaspoonful
into the back part of the throat, once in five to six hours -
and repeat that often if the disease should return.
Lockjaw, to cure. - In cases where there is seeming
rigidity of the muscular system, if there is bound on the pit
of the stomach and under the arms moistened tobacco (the fine
cut is preferable) will relax the system, produce vomiting and
afford speedy relief. Warm turpentine may be poured into the wound
if there is one.
Appendicitis. - Cloths wrung out of hot water, and
a few drops of turpentine sprinkled on and applied to the lower
abdomen on the right side, will usually be efficacious in relieving.
Vomiting, to arrest and cure. - Wring cloths partly
dry out of cold vinegar, and apply to the neck, and place a mustard
draught on the pit of the stomach.
For suppressed urine. - Apply cloths wrung out of
hot water over the bladder; repeat if necessary.
To cure croup. - Fat bacon sliced thin and applied
to the throat and upper part of the chest cures croup. So will
cloths wrung out of cold water and applied to the throat, and
repeated every few moments. Soon cures the croup.
For sore throat apply the cold compress to the front
part of the throat, and wrap a dry towel outside of the compress
and go to bed, and let compress remain all night; when up, take
off the cloth and wash throat and neck in cold water and wipe
Another for croup. - Apply to the throat cloths
wrung out of coal oil, and at the same time give a few drops,
say four to twenty, on a little sugar every half hour till relieved.
Constipation of children: to cure without medicine.
- Apply olive oil all the way down the spine, repeating it three
times a day, and also apply the oil around the posterior and sides
of the body just below the ribs as far as around to the sides
of the body. This is usually effective in a few treatments.
To cure chills - Apply a mixture of equal parts
of turpentine and chloroform on back of the neck, and on downthe
spinal column, along the spines, and across the small of' the
back three times a day. This is simple though said to be effective.
To Do the Right Thing at the Right Time
- The Resourcefulness of the Operator.
In the treatment of the various conditions called
disease, it is well to have various resources to draw from in
order to meet the special demands at the time so as to render
the needed service for the given condition.
In medicine we have certain kinds for given conditions
and these constitute the curriculum of specifics, as it were,
and the routinist having tried his specific for a given condition
and failed to obtain relief, his limit is reached and he improvises
other means. If these other means fail to meet the demand, he
tries others. It should not be so in the application of this science;
for understanding that the nervous system is always involved in
disease, the practitioner should be at no disadvantage in applying
the remedy indicated in any and all conditions found to exist.
Take Off the Pressure - Stop the Waste.
The above heading includes all there is to do in
any and all conditions called disease. It should never be forgotten
that the nervous system expresses its power at its endings. If
there is pain anywhere the nervous system ending there is impinged
between that particular locality and the brain, and the thing
the physician should do is to release that impingement; then he
has done all that can be done and as soon as the harmony is restored,
cessation from pain may reasonably be expected.
While we may have general contraction all over the
body and some severe pain in a particular locality, as, for instance,
severe headache, we should not fail to institute measures to relax
the whole body. This may be done by the use of very warm water
- by means of saturated cloths wrung out of and applied. If one
has pain in the lungs it is evident that the chest muscles are
contracted and drawing the ribs down against the pleura, impeding
the circulation of blood in the lungs. The remedy is to take off
the pressure. This may be easily done by raising the clavicles
and strong extension of the arms, and the spinal adjustment at
the fourth dorsal vertebra.
If there be colic, due to too much gas in the stomach,
relief is usually obtained by strongly extending the right arm
and pulling strongly with the fingers against the side of the
spine, and then, while the arm is extended, push the arm strongly
backward and holding it there a moment. The pain ceases as if
by magic. Or placing patient on the stomach, bolster or quilt
folded under the upper part of the breast and another under the
pelvis, making a space under abdomen where it may be free, and
then treat the seventh and eighth dorsal with a strong, quick
movement. The colic goes at once.
For flux and diarrhea the same sort of treatment
should be made, with the treatments from the hips upward to the
middle of the back, treating at intervals of an inch or two. For
the flux, we have given the treatment elsewhere, which see.
In all of the treatments we recommend in this book,
we would urge that the Neuropathic treatment in the back, from
the fourth to the eighth dorsal, be given also; for the union
of the two forces assists greatly in neutralizing the poison or
excess of either the acidity or the alkalinity of the fluids -
blood, as well.
Some cases will not be satisfied unless you recommend
some domestic or other remedy to take. As to that matter, use
your own discretion, for there are many things useful in nature
and the only caution needed is, be sure to introduce no poisons
into the system. Even the simplest things, foreign, sometimes
have deleterious effects.
For Local Blood Poison Use the Following.
Make a poultice of wood ashes, mixed up with coal
oil, and apply to the part affected, and change same every four
to six hours. This is almost a specific in any stage of the poison.
Another, recommended by a noted physician, is a solution of quinine
applied to the part for a day or two. It is said to cure in twenty-four
Flush the colon with warm water, adding a teaspoonful
of salt to a gallon of water; use the long, flexible rubber tube,
well inserted into the bowel - as far at least as past the sigmoid
flexure - and use as much water as patient can comfortably bear,
retaining it for fifteen to twenty minutes and then letting it
pass, repeating the irrigation, if necessary, in a few moments
or in a short time.
The irrigation with warm water is the remedy par-excellence.
It should not be neglected. The spinal treatment and the abdominal
manipulations should also be resorted to. They cure.
Special Uses of Water - Hot Water.
Besides the use of water as a drink, cleansing the
body and cooking victuals, we wish to mention that when water
is used as an internal bath it affords great relief in many cases
of pain, more especially in the way of a clyster, through a fountain,
or other syringe.
Appendicitis may be cured by a thorough colonic
douche, filling the colon with warm water, retaining it as long
as possible - fifteen to thirty minutes - and repeating of contents
of colon are not removed. There is no better, surer means of curing
that much dreaded condition. Use water as warm as patient can
bear in cases of flux; frequently repeated saves much suffering,
and is the best remedy known for that disorder.
For colicky babies, fill a pint bottle with quite
warm water, sweeten with a little sugar, and apply a nursing nipple
to it, and let the child nurse all it will of that, especially
so that at night. It will cure colic and quiet the baby so that
mothers may have quiet sleep all night from the "crying baby."
The “three months colic” will not be if this is used,
and the poor, starved baby will begin at once to grow and be healthy.
Water is the best cleanser and absorbent there is.
With a little common table salt, one level tablespoonful to a
pint of water is the best catarrh remedy there is. Let the patient
sniff it up the nostrils and blow it out each time, doing this
four or five times at a sitting, and three to four times a day
- catarrh will get well in a few weeks' using. Do not forget this
remedy; it is worth more than any other catarrh remedy known -
and then it does no harm. If the catarrh is bad, be particular
to sniff the salt water hard and strongly up into the nostrils
and clear back into throat. Pulverized sugar snuffed up the nostrils,
dry, is good. Use every few hours. Relief in the worst cases.
Salt water applied to sore eyes is an excellent
remedy, and if there is pain and inflammation, use the water as
hot as can be borne, dipping cloths saturated in the salt water
to the eyes or painful spot - anywhere in the body - or outside
Water with an ounce of Epsom salts to the pint,
is an excellent remedy for all of the skin diseases, rough skin,
etc. It is rendered more efficacious by adding ten drops of carbolic
acid to a pint of the above mixture and applying it hot to sore
or painful parts, chigger bites and insect poisons, eruptions,
Severe Headaches Relieved by the Use of
Some cases of almost killing headache may be cut
short and even cured by applying water, as hot as can be borne,
by means of cloths wrung out of it and applied to the stomach,
back of the neck, around the wrists, and placing the feet in hot
water - putting the hot cloths on the forehead as well. The cloths
should be repeated every few moments till the relief comes. This
is better than any medicine ever used for headache.
A Special Consideration for All Complaints.
It will be a matter of the first importance to every
one who reads, this book that it does not matter what the patient
complains of, the spinal treatment, from the fourth dorsal down
to the twelfth, at least, if not clear down the entire spine,
should always be given. This unites the two forces, remember,
and neutralizes the excess of acid or alkali, and allows nature
to begin, to adjust itself harmoniously. In every case the spinal
treatment should receive special attention if you wish to be successful
in your treatment in the cure of disease of any and all kinds.
There is no better way to alleviate human suffering than this
spinal adjustment, as it is one of the essentials in all diseases
of whatever character, nature or degree, in all ages.
The Internal Remedy for Boils.
Prescribe for the patient to take internally, sub-carbonate
of iron (for adult) four grains, to be taken three times a day
(children one-fourth as much), together with the spinal treatment
once a day, at the fourth to the eighth dorsal vertebra. Also
have the patient bathe the body all over daily with a solution
of Epsom salts, one ounce to about a gallon of water. This supplies
the skin with the sulphates it needs (on account of eating so
much white flour bread).
This is a condition resulting from a deficiency
of the silica in the body and the connective tissue breaks down.
Give the sixth potency of silicia every three hours to the patient
and if the carbuncles are open apply the pure carbolic acid with
a small brush to the sore, protecting the surrounding skin with
greased cloths - being careful to only touch the sore with the
acid. This is a valuable and most effectual remedy.
Epistaxis - Nosebleeding.
This is a condition that occurs sometimes from hard
blowing the nose, and sometimes the forerunner of typhoid fever,
or it may come from polypoid growths in the posterior nares.
The specific medical remedy is turpentine, in doses
of fifteen to sixty drops at once, taken in a little sugar or
sweetened water. It acts like magic and has saved the life of
several whom it was my province to prescribe for. The dose will
scarcely ever need to be repeated. The Neuropathic treatment is
to adjust the cervix at the side of the neck, and to hold thumb
and finger strongly against the upper part of the neck at the
junction of the skull and atlas - pressing with thumb and fingers
on either side hard and firmly for a few moments - and raising
the clavicles and stretching the arm above the head for a few
moments. The bleeding is generally arrested at once.
For Burns - Small Burns.
Any sort of a burn is painful because of the acid
generated therein, and inference would suggest an alkali to neutralize
the acid. The application of soda, soap or spittle would suffice
for small burns. Ammonia and olive oil combined are good applications.
Unslacked lime, a piece as large as a hen's egg, put into a gallon
of water makes what is termed lime water. Cloths wrung out of
this and applied to burns constitute a good application.
For old burns which do not seem to heal, an application
of castile soap made into a thin paste, by shaving the soap and
applying water and boiling it down to the proper consistency,
makes an excellent application to be constantly applied. It is
the best application known.
Apply diluted vinegar or sour wine immediately,
right into eyes, if necessary; it antidotes. Powdered sugar is
one of the best things to apply to lime burns.
For Cuts and Lacerations - the Compound
Tincture of Benzoine.
For cuts or lacerations we find this an admirable
article to use. Apply full strength on the cut or bruise. It smarts
for a moment but is soon over. To use it: Wrap the wound, bringing
the edges together, holding them together, apply the tincture
over and on the wound, letting it run through the cloth, enough
to thoroughly moisten it all around and on the sore. Use no plasters
over a laceration or cut. To hold it securely, wet absorbent cotton
in the benzoine, and take small strips and lay them across the
gaping wound, while it is brought into apposition, letting edges
extend well onto the sound skin, and then put a bandage on - holding
wound together - and it will heal by first intention leaving no
scar. Plasters heat and cause pus to form under them. Put enough
tincture on to moisten through cloth once or twice a day till
The Remedy for "Pin Worms."
These are very small worms which infest the lower
bowel and rectum and are very annoying. They may begotten rid
of by injecting a couple of ounces of lime water into rectum.
After one has discovered these pests, get rid of them, and then
be more careful of the diet. Use more nutritious food. Attend
to the cleanliness of the skin. Bathe all over once a day in Epsom
salts water - one ounce to a quart of water - using a towel wet
in this, and go all over the body therewith; or common salt water
in same proportion is as good.
Avoid excesses and much sweets; live on plain, simple,
well cooked food. The application of the Neuropathic adjustment
at the eighth dorsal unites the two forces and neutralizes the
excesses and promotes digestion, relieving all stomach trouble.
The equalization of the two forces is essential at all times and
in all diseases.
What to Do in Cases of Snake Bites.
The first thing to do, if possible, after being
bitten, is to ligate limb above bite. Second, either cut or scarify
across wound, so as to bleed freely. Third, apply mouth to wound
and suck out as much as possible, using salt water to wash the
mouth afterward, and do not swallow the saliva or what is drawn
from the wound. Fourth, apply an alkaline of some sort to the
wound - a solution of permanganate of potash is the best. A solution
of ammonia or salt water if nothing else is at hand. Fifth, diluted
Lugall's solution of iodine is an antidote to snake poison, applied
to wound, and one-half teaspoonful in half a pint of water, and
taken in tablespoonful doses every two hours. Sixth, inject a
solution of permanganate of potash hypodermically in and around
the wound freely. Seventh, teaspoonful doses of the aromatic tincture
of ammonia every fifteen minutes is also an antidote and very
Common table salt is said to be an antidote applied
directly to the wound.
The above will suffice and you need no whisky nor
alcohol in such cases at any time.
Corns and Warts - Bunions - Ingrowing Toe-Nails.
For corns. - Take off the pressure and keep it off.
If on the toes, wrap a soft twine around the toe loosely between
corn and foot, avoiding pressure on the corn, and wear it for
several days, anointing corn every night with castor oil.
For warts. - Apply tincture of iodine on end of
warts every day until they disappear. Another remedy is to apply
a solution of acetic acid to wart once or twice a day.
This will cure in about ten days. The warts go when not expecting
them; seemingly suddenly. Bathe them in Epsom salts, one ounce
to a pint of water, several times a day. Some can charm them off,
so they say.
Bunions are painful and caused by a dislocated toe
joint. Set the joint by pulling it in place, and securing it there
with pledget of cotton between the toes.
For ingrowing toe nails. - Cut the nails square
across and thin the top of nail by paring it down on the center,
on top, as may be borne, and cut a notch in center of toe nail,
at the end, V-shaped, and wear cotton pledgets under corners of
nail so as to turn them up, and away from fleshy part. If corners
are sore apply compound tincture of benzoine once or twice a day.
Cases which have gone so far that the nail has grown
down into the flesh may have to be operated upon to cure.
In addition to the spinal treatment to unite the
forces, cream of tartar is the best drink the patient can use.
Put a tablespoonful into a glass of water and drink of it in any
quantity and at any time desired. Continue this as long as there
are any symptoms of the disease remaining. Anointing with olive
oil is all that is needed to prevent pitting. An occasional bath
of Epsom salts, one ounce to a pint of water, in that proportion,
is the best application to the skin as it supplies the sulphates
to the skin, and much of it is absorbed, and it is as good a disinfectant
as can be found. The spinal treatment will generally arrest its
malignancy and the disease at once. To remove the scales from
the body, bathing in Sinol soap is excellent.
For Malignant Sore Throat.
Inasmuch as sore throat is an expression of too
much action of the positive forces and causing an excessive amount
of alkalinity in the tissue - the application of an acid is indicated
locally. No better gargle - or throat wash - can be used than
a solution of sulphuric acid. Make it just strong enough to taste
a little sour - say twenty drops to a glass of water - and remember
that the pure acid is strong and should be handled with extreme
care. It should be stirred with a bone or wooden stick - not a
spoon, nor metal in the solution. Use as a gargle - and it won't
hurt to swallow a little of the solution. The gargling may be
done every one or two hours, or oftener if desired, and the treatment
of the neck and spine should not be neglected, for this frees
the nerves and blood vessels.
Fractured Ribs - Treatment For. - It is sometimes
essential to know how to render relief in case of accident where
one or more ribs have been fractured, to save suffering deformity.
Use a piece of canvas or drilling, wide enough to
cover the chest walls, including the ribs as far up as the arm
pits, having the piece long enough to encircle the body at least
twice, wrapping the chest moderately tight, just allowing room
to expand the chest to a minimum capacity to breathe naturally.
Fasten the same with safety pins, and have the patient wear same
until the ribs are united and the fracture healed, which takes
about three weeks. This method insures perfect union, and allows
healing without deformity, as it holds the ribs in place, and
lessens the movements so the fracture can heal; the air pressure
by the lungs acts as a counter pressure to the bandage, and prevents
friction of the fractured ends of the rib bones. It serves the
purpose admirably, and is better than plasters.
Note: - It is important that one understands conditions
in order to afford relief, or to know what to do under given circumstances;
what to direct to be done, if not able to render same. Cite patient
to where relief may be had.
Indications from the Iris.
Every sort of disturbance in the body marks the
iris. The one who is perfectly familiar with this delicate organ,
and who knows the markings disease makes on it, can positively
know the locality and character of effects with a certainty obtained
by no other means we know of. It is well to know this science,
for then one can be certain of all sorts of influence going on
in the body everywhere and at all times, from the mental to the
physical influences everywhere, and at all times.
Whether we adopt this or that method of treatment,
if we understand what condition we find, we will have the satisfaction
of knowing what we are doing, and what for. The arresting nerve
waste, stopping nerve pressure, and "uniting the forces,"
so as to neutralize excesses of either the one or the other, or
freeing the circulation, a la osteopathically, adjusting the spine
a la chiropractically, or administering some "anti-psora,"
or using homoeopathic attenuations, or allopathic crudities and
poisons; operating for supposed appendicitis, and removing an
ovary, the absolute verification and extent of the disease may
be definitely known by all who understood how to diagnose from
the eye-markings of the eyes.
MAXIMS WORTHY OF SPECIAL CONSIDERATION.
Peace, Contentment and Rest, Are of All
Triplets the Best.
The best way to be contented is to be busy; always
doing something useful.
Spend no time in useless pursuits; never loiter,
idling about aimlessly. Let every effort you make tend to be of
use in some way to somebody or yourself.
Keep your person clean, think pure, clean thoughts,
live a life of purity, and be what you would have the other fellow
be. Set the example in all things you do for a model through life,
and the world will have been better by your having lived in it,
when your race is run, and you shall have gone hence.
Study the best books; always aim high, look up;
make straight paths for your feet. Be temperate in all things.
Avoid all excesses, and intemperance. Use no spirituous nor malt
liquors of any kind. Never use tobacco in any form. Use genteel
language, pure speech, never falsify; be truthful under any and
all circumstances. Violate no known law, and keep thyself pure.
The attendance upon shows, parties, festivals, keeping
late hours, being away from home, in questionable company and
learning bad habits, are things which tend to degrade one in his
own, and in the estimation of all good people. The praise of the
best people is to be desired above all others. Remember that reputation
is what people take us to be, and character is what we are and
demonstrate ourselves to be by our lives and our dealings with
Whatever is worth doing, is worth well doing; and
due preparation in mind and heart and training, are the greatest
Breathe naturally, bathe regularly, eat moderately,
masticating the food thoroughly; sleep in well ventilated apartments;
observe regular habits as regards attending to nature's calls;
eat light suppers; never satiate the appetite at any meal. Eat
but few articles at one meal; vary the kinds of food as conditions
and circumstances demand.
To sleep soundly, every muscle must be relaxed,
and every thought should be dispensed with. Eight hours for sleep
and rest is an excellent rule to follow. One hour before midnight
is worth three after. Moral, go to bed early; get up early; start
early, continue steadily and persevere, and you will get there
A determined effort, keeping the mind steadily on
what you do, will be almost always crowned with its accomplishment.
Think of what you are doing; fix your mind on it; determine to
do it, and if it is worthy your attention at all, it should not
be abandoned until every reasonable effort is made for its achievement.
Be sure you have something worthy of doing, then do it.
A fixed purpose in life, and an honorable, useful
business selected, will not fail you, if persistently followed
and rightly managed, and the result will be satisfactory.
Special Directions to Follow in Taking the
Epsom Salts Bath.
While in the bath use friction, rubbing the body
thoroughly all over during the time of bathing, and then rub dry
with a towel after the bathing.
A half teacupful of the salts to a half bowl of
water is sufficient when you desire a sponge bath, and two pounds
to ten gallons of water when an all-over plunge bath is desired.
The salts bath neutralizes the excessive amount of carbon in the
system, hence it is antitoxin. This is the most salutary antiseptic
Some of the Uses of Epsom Salts, Sugar and
The following is a quotation from Dr. W. H. Burgess'
book, "The New Field," and is worthy of profound consideration.
It is headed, "Laxative Syrup."
"Take equal parts of, by measure, Epsom salts,
sugar and boiling water and make a solution. Boil for five minutes
and then bottle. Dose: one teaspoonful.
"To cure a headache, dose every half hour.
"To neutralize foul secretions in the stomach,
dose every morning before eating.
"To cure constipation, dose three times a day.
"For rheumatism, neuralgia, etc., dose every
half hour (15 drops; apply salts solution last).
"For a purgative, a dose every half hour; three
or four doses.
"For a cough, five to fifteen drops every few
"This is not a crude mixture but a true chemical
"If mixed with water at 70 degrees instead
of at the boiling point, it becomes almost ice cold, showing chemical
reaction. The taste is good; very different from what you would
suppose. Boiled with a few green leaves, raspberry, peach, etc.,
it resembles olive oil and surpasses all liniments. Colored with
poke berries it forms the wonderful anti-fat and reduces obesity
in a physiological way. Dose three times a day.
"Epsom bath and double sulphide go with it.
See treatment for obesity."
The following combination makes an excellent salve,
and will relieve more distress, pains and aches than any other
known. Bake Epsom salts (sulphate of magnesia) in an oven until
all the crystals are dissolved, and then mix it with vaseline
to the consistency of very thick cream, and keep it in an earthen
or glass jar. When used it should be applied to the diseased or
painful parts, and to make it, more effectual, use heat.
It is salutary in cuts, bruises, lacerations, sores
(all kinds), piles, inflammation of the peritoneum, pneumonia,
goiter, tumors, sore throat, tonsilitis, swollen joints and all
conditions that disinfectants or antitoxins are needed.
To make it effectual for malignant conditions, such
as cancer, it should have carbolic acid added, when mixing the
vaseline and the salts together, about ten or twenty drops to
an ounce of vaseline.
The Epsom salts is such a valuable remedy, in so
many ailments, it should receive special consideration whenever
there is any pain or inflammation, anywhere on, or inside, of
It being a diseased condition of the nervous system,
a state of enervation of the nerves ending in the digestive tract
from the salivary glands to the stomach and the duodenum where
the secretions from the liver and pancreas empty, it is necessary
to adjust the spine at the eighth dorsal and unite the two forces
so as to promote the digestion of the food, and keep the pores
of the skin open by sponge baths once or twice a day, and take
one grain doses of the double sulphide three or four times a day.
This preparation contains some of the elements in the blood which
are lacking, and this being the case the secretions are insufficient
to properly digest the food eaten, and hence the accumulation
of the undigested fatty substances in the body. Too much carbon.
The diet should be of a kind that has a small amount of carbon
in it - more nitrogen and more of the phosphate -thorough mastication
and frequent, stated times for deep breathing. The solution of
equal portions, by measure, of Epsom salts, sugar and boiling
water, mixed and boiled for five minutes and then bottled for
use and taken in teaspoonful doses ter-die, with the other instructions
will cure most cases. The above preparation mixed with poke berries
will be more efficacious as an anti-fat remedy. The calcarea phosphoricum,
one of the tissue elements in the third potency, in two grain
doses three times a day, in cases where there is enervation, weakness
and general debility as a result of too much fat.
Onions - Some of Their Uses and Benefits.
Onions are used as a poultice in cases of croup
and lung affections in their acute form. They should be roasted
or baked, and mashed fine and put into a small sack, and spread
on the body anywhere, as warm as can be borne to relieve the pain;
or for croup around the neck and upper part of the chest. For
lung troubles, such as pneumonia, place a large poultice, of the
roasted onions, over the entire chest, renewing it and keeping
it warm, and it will be a source of great relief. The surface
next to the skin should be greased with old bacon grease, or vaseline,
and after the poultice is removed, wipe the grease off and apply
more fresh grease and cloths to the chest to prevent taking cold.
The juice of the roasted onion, well sweetened and given to children
suffering with cough, in teaspoonful doses, will be found to be
of great benefit. Repeat the dose as often as desired.
The Uses of Raw, Sliced Onions.
The sliced onion applied to bee stings, or any other
sting of insects, as well as spider bites, affords immediate relief
from pain and antidotes the poison at once, and the wound will
not swell nor get sore, nor will any bad effects ensue from the
sting or bite.
The onion sliced and covered with sugar makes a
nice syrup, which will be useful for coughs, colds, sore throats,
and to assuage enlarged tonsils.
Onions, fried, make a good and useful poultice for
boils, ulcers and old sores. Onions are used as a disinfectant,
hung around in the room. The whole body may be smeared all over
with fried onion in case of scarlet fever, and then wiped off
with a cloth, and serve as a skin protector temporarily. The onion,
raw, applied to snake bites, is an excellent antidote to the poison.
Hemospasia - the Drawing of Blood to a Part.
This is used as a remedy in many conditions with
eminent satisfaction curatively. When used properly, great and
permanent benefit results, and that immediately.
In cases of epilepsy it is a most efficient and
oftentimes a radical remedy. In cases of poor circulation, congestion
of blood in a part, there is nothing better. Many cases of bruises,
caused by striking parts with a hammer, instance, the fingers.
To prevent coagulation of blood, immediately wrap the limb between
the bruise and the heart tightly with a string, so as to confine
the blood in the outer part of the limb - or, if a finger outer
part of it - for a few moments till it turns dark all over; then
unwrap it suddenly and press the blood back toward the heart.
Repeat this a few times, and all the blood that would have settled
therein and made a bruised place, will be removed and the part
will be well.
If the patient has fits apply a narrow strap around
one thigh close up to the hip, wrapping it several times around
the limb, moderately tight, so as to arrest the venous circulation,
and retain it that way for a few minutes, say, thirty to forty-five
minutes, until the limb becomes dark with the venous blood; then
unwrap the limb and use friction from the toes, rubbing the limb
upward until it seems to be as natural as ever. This aerates the
blood which comes to the surface. The arm on the other side of
the body should be corded the same way and let remain on until
the limb becomes quite dark, then unwrap and rub arm toward the
body until all the darkness ceases, then cord the opposite lower
limb same way, and about the same time and then the arm on other
side. This should be religiously attended to, and repeated daily
for several days to cure epilepsy. It will be equally efficacious
in all kinds of congestions, as it stops the venous circulation
of the blood for the time being, and may be utilized in many conditions;
even in paralysis, rheumatism, pneumonia, pleurisy, spinal meningitis,
LaGrippe, varicose veins, cramps, heart troubles, snake-bite,
giving time to treat the part bitten; and then let circulation
be returned to the body again. With judgment and proper care and
attention, this may be used as a Sovereign remedy in ever so many
affections. An elastic cord about an inch wide, and six feet in
length is the most convenient for use; as the elasticity tends
to draw smoothly and tightly. Fits may be radically cured by repeating
the treatment every six hours.
One teaspoonful of Cayenne pepper, two teaspoonfuls
of salt, boiling water a half a pint; strain and add half a pint
of good vinegar. When cold, give a teaspoonful every hour to an
adult. To children half the quantity for an adult, or in that
proportion. Use the same as a gargle also frequently, or every
Another most excellent domestic remedy is to apply
the grease from old bacon or take old bacon and grease the entire
body all over twice a day, and apply slices around the neck and
over the upper part of the chest. Bathe the body all over first,
and rub dry and then add the grease, greasing the bottoms of the
feet as well each time.
A Remedy for Stone in the Bladder.
Boil common garden beets as for table use, then
let the patient drink half a teacupful of the juice three times
a day. This is said to cure bad cases in a few days.
Another Remedy for Stone in the Bladder.
To one quart of soft water, add three teaspoonfuls
of powdered borax, and six teaspoonfuls of cream of tartar; stir
them till dissolved, and then take two or three tablespoonfuls
three times a day. This is an excellent remedy for that dread
It is suggested by one of my colleagues that in
order to get an increased action of the kidneys, which eliminates
the urea from the blood, and thereby cures rheumatism and neuralgia,
it is essential that the nitrates should abound largely in the
diet. The nitrates and phosphates should largely predominate,
and then crystals of uric acid are dissolved and eliminated through
the kidneys and skin.
See dietary list elsewhere in this book for a selection
of food to be eaten.
Some Suggestions Further, About What to
Do in Cases of Burns.
Molasses, applied to a burn immediately, is a most
excellent home remedy.
Equal parts of lime water and linseed oil applied
to a burn is excellent.
A solution of two ounces of alum dissolved in a
pint of hot water and saturate cloths and applied to the burn,
relieves pain almost immediately, and cures it.
Sprinkle common soda on the part burned; will be
efficient for small burns.
The application of soft soap will afford relief
very quickly in superficial burns.
Oil of peppermint, applied to a burn will immediately
extract the fire and cure the burn.
The application of Indigo Bluing, will extract the fire and cure
If the clothing catches on fire, wrap the person
up in a quilt or blanket at once, or roll them on the ground to
extinguish the fire.
If a burn is extensive, apply at once good sweet
lard. It can be purified by putting it in hot water for a few
moments, and using the oil that arises to the top.
Kerosene oil is another excellent remedy, which
see in another part of this book.
Cosmoline is an excellent remedy for scalds and
burns. First apply a strong solution of baking powder by means
of cloths wrung out of it, to the burn to relieve the pain; then
smear moist cloths with the cosmoline and apply directly to the
burn, placing on the outside of the cloth smeared with the cosmoline,
These remedies will be found to be invaluable, and
reliable for any sort of burn. Some one of the articles will be
found in almost every house, or convenient to use.
Special Treatment for Rheumatism.
There is nothing better to relieve the pain and
lessen the swelling than a bath of Epsom salts; say a couple of
pounds to ten gallons of warm water; dissolving the salts in hot
water and then pour into water for the bath, and put patient into
it, and let the water cover the entire body for ten or fifteen
minutes, then use friction with dry towel, and lie down and rest
until the circulation is normal.
An excellent application to swollen joints is a
solution of the Epsom salts in the proportion of one ounce to
a pint of hot water, and the application is best made with cloths
wrung out of the hot solution, repeating them every five to fifteen
minutes until relieved.
The double sulphide in grain doses for a day or
two, every three hours, will be an excellent remedy to eliminate
the poison from excessive lactic and uric acids. The use of lemon
juice should be duly considered and used without any sugar, in
water. The treatment of the spine at the fourth, eighth, twelfth
dorsal, and first and second lumbar area, are essential above
everything else; and this should be done two or three times a
day until all the acids are neutralized in the blood.
Cloths wrung out of strong salty water and applied
around painful and swollen joints-hot or cold, as is most pleasant-and
covered with dry cloths, so as to keep parts, warm, from taking
cold from exposure to the cold air, is an excellent remedy.
The Quaker Remedy for Rheumatism.
Take one teacupful of table salt, one teaspoonful
of cayenne pepper, water one pint, mix. Heat to a boiling point.
Bathe the affected parts while hot, for fifteen or twenty minutes,
three times a day.
It is a good idea to wet flannel cloths in this
solution and apply to the parts affected - over these cloths apply
a dry cloth to keep the parts warm. Many chronic cases have been
cured in this way, after suffering for years. It is surely worthy
a fair trial, and a continuance for days.
Another Potent Remedy.
Take a heaping teaspoonful of Rochelle salts, dissolved
in water, every two hours, until six doses are taken; then take
it once every four hours. Many cases of rheumatism are due to
a lack of alkali in the blood, and this supplies that element,
and thus rheumatism ceases when it is used. In all cases of rheumatism,
do not fail to adjust the spine from the fourth dorsal to the
twelfth, treating the several prominent vertebra. This unites
the two forces and neutralizes the excess of acidity or the opposite
- the alkalinity and harmonizes the elements to a normal condition.
After the first day's using the above, take three
or four doses a day, for a few days, until the pains all cease.
A Few Hints About the Use of Lemon Juice.
The juice of lemons is the best antidote to poisons
we have in the vegetable kingdom. It is the best anti-malarial
known; and it is a fact that many cases of biliousness respond
to the free use of lemon juice quicker than from any other agency
known. Lemons are good for the lean as well as the fat people.
It is excellent for the skin, applied in solution with about eight
parts water. It is a good digester, and better than soda for sour
stomach. It is the best anti-scorbutic. The lemon juice is the
best thing to use in water for fevered patients. Lemon juice is
the best drink an hour before breakfast that the invalid can take;
always dilute the juice of one lemon with a glass of cold or hot
water and drink it down. The teeth and mouth may be washed with
diluted lemon juice, as well as with salt and water, and serves
a better purpose than all the tooth paste in whitening the teeth
and neutralizing the poisons which accumulate on the tongue from
breathing with the mouth open. Lemon juice should be used daily
for all invalids, and will be a grateful beverage for everybody
at all times, in every country and for all people.
The caution needed in the use of lemon juice is
not to use sweet milk within an hour of taking the lemon juice.
There is not much in oranges but juice, and but little benefit
as regards health, but are a fine relish when ripe and sweet.
Ripe fruits, eaten in moderate quantity serve a
purpose: that of aiding digestion and in keeping the bowels in
order. Stewed or baked apples are a good relish for many people.
Many people require a variety of acids, and these are found in
fruits of various kinds. There is no objection to the use of good
cider vinegar in a little water occasionally. Some cases of very
tenacious coughs are benefited by taking small sips of vinegar
in a little water; say add two tablespoonfuls of vinegar to a
glass of water, and sip a little of this every half hour or hour.
There is a limit to be observed in ingesting fluids or solids,
and the quantity should be according to the necessities of each
case, and conditions. We all eat too much, and too often, perhaps.
Experience and judgment should govern us in that regard. So the
food is thoroughly masticated before swallowing, it matters but
little what we eat, so we select what will make up the deficiency
of what is lacking in the system. See the table of foods for information
as to the elements contained in various foods. The no-breakfast
plan is a good thing for many invalids. Try it who wishes.
In case of fevers, it is well to observe this strictly
and regularly as often as the necessity seems to demand. It will
not be amiss to place the fever-patient in water at a temperature
of about 80 degrees and kept there for fifteen minutes until an
appearance of blueness ensues, or until the fever subsides, then
take out and rub dry with a dry towel. This may be repeated daily.
It will add to the efficacy of the bathing to add a handful of
salt to the water, or a tablespoonful to a gallon of water used
in the bath.
Sometimes we find a dry scurf all over the body,
like scales, and sometimes real scales. In such conditions daily
bathing becomes a necessity to remedy the affection. The best
way to do in such cases is, to use Epsom salts in the water, in
the proportions of two pounds to ten gallons of water; or, if
a towel is used, and what we call a sponge bath, then use one
ounce of Epsom salts to a pint of water. The water may be either
warm or cold, as suits the feeling and condition of the patient.
To make the bathing still more effectual, we recommend that you
prepare a compound as follows: Take three and a half ounces of
glycerine and put into that one-half ounce of carbolic acid and
keep in a bottle convenient for use. When it is needed use it
as follows, and in the following proportions, to-wit:
Take one ounce of Epsom salts and dissolve it in
one pint of water, and then add one teaspoonful of the compound
mentioned above, and then apply that over the body. For children,
with skin affections, the solution of glycerine and carbolic acid
should be only half as much, or use double the quantity of water.
This may be applied with a towel wet in it and wrung out moderately
dry. If there is pain, use the compound hot as can be borne by
means of' cloths wrung out of it and constantly applied. It is
effectual in such conditions at once, generally. Use it.
There are so many conditions benefited by the use
of water that it is a necessity to use it externally as well an
internally - very freely, for the system is largely made up of
water; at least seventy percent of the body is water, and it requires
water to carry on its circulation of the fluids and carry out
the waste materials constantly accumulating.
In sore throats a cold compress is one of the essentials,
rightly used and repeated. The water may be applied with cloths
wrung out of it, and over-wrapped with a dry towel. This worn
around the neck all night is one of the best applications for
sore throat. Many conditions called disease, simply need treatment
with water; either cold or hot water. Judgment should be used
in this as well as all other agencies to be effectual.
Some Things About Bathing.
Some one has said, "Cleanliness is next to
godliness." That may be true, but such an expression is not
in King James' translation.
To be decent is essential, and the body has a better
chance to breathe when its surface is kept clean - "the pores
kept open" - and loose clothing worn. The question of bathing
is one which should engage the attention of all.
The principal reason why bathing should be done
is, that the waste material expelled through the skin during the
process of insensible perspiration adheres to the surface and
lodges on the surface of the clothing next to the body, and this
is effete matter, and more or less poisonous. The skin possessing
the quality of elimination as well as absorption, it is not altogether
improbable that some of the poisonous eliminations should be absorbed.
Then again, the healthfulness of the skin is largely
dependent upon the active state of the terminal nerve filaments
which end in the skin. The emanations through the skin being resorbed
frequently produces a partial paralysis of the end footlets of
the nerve filaments and the skin becomes covered with a scurf,
or any substance which covers the skin, and coats it over to a
greater or less extent. This should be washed off, and leave the
surface free; then the cutaneous respiration can take place naturally.
Bathing should not be neglected, under these circumstances especially.
It is Not Best to Use Strong Soaps.
Soap, remember is an alkali, and that destroys tissue,
if too strong or too frequently used. A handful of common table
salt put into a gallon of water, and a towel wrung out of that,
and the surface of the body thoroughly gone over therewith two
or three times at a sitting, and followed up with a coarse, dry
towel will suffice for a sponge-bath, once a day.
The plunge-bath is all right, but should not be
used too frequently nor in too warm water; nor should the body
remain in a warm bath any longer than to rub over thoroughly,
and then emerge at once, and follow up with either a towel wet
in cold water, or have a gentle shower bath, suddenly applied
and only enough to change the current of blood; then use a rough
towel freely all over the surface at once, and dress immediately.
Soap should not be left on the surface, but washed
off with clear water.
A Few Things About Limes and Lemons.
These are semi-tropical trees and grow abundantly
in the south and western parts of the United States, and are beautiful
trees, and when full of fruit are very inviting.
The fruit is a beautiful yellow and the juice is
intensely acid, and is the part used.
Many conditions called disease may be ameliorated
and cured by their proper use. We have said a few words about
the use of lemons elsewhere in this book, and wish to say a few
more things, thinking they may be useful to those who need to
know how to use them for conditions which are liable to occur
at any time, and save much time and suffering by using them for
Most people have heard of them curing felons, simply
by cutting a hole in the lemon and inserting the finger into it
for a few hours. One or two applications of the lemon to the finger
in that way generally cures the felon, when used at the commencement
of the pain.
If a lemon is put into the stove and roasted or
baked until the juice begins to exude from it, and the juice then
squeezed out of it, and sweetened to the taste, and one or two
teaspoonfuls of it taken three times a day, and then on retiring,
it is said to break up a cold at once.
For biliousness, lemon juice is one of the best
remedies known. Take the juice of two lemons a day, in four doses,
as follows: Put a tablespoonful of salt in a pint of boiling water,
and add the juice of two lemons to it, and let it get cold, and
then take it in tablespoonful doses before meals and at bedtime.
A better way would be to take the juice of half a lemon, separately,
and the salt without the lemon mixed in it, as a pint of the salt
water would last better, and the lemon would be more effectual
in larger doses.
The lemon juice taken in a little water, three times
a day, will cure malaria in a short time.
Lemon juice is a good application to the skin as
well; especially in erysipelas. For that affection, take a gill
of brandy and add the juice of two lemons, and apply to the inflamed
part by means of cloths moistened in this mixture, keeping them
wet all the time. It is said that but few remedies are better
than this one.
The following will be a great boon to the scarlet
fever patient, as the doctors are often puzzled to know just what
to do for this affection. This will be the thing to do for scarlet
fever. Make a lemonade, moderately sour, and to a glassful of
it add a half teaspoonful of pulverized gum arabic; and stir it
well together. Let the patient drink some of it, and then apply
a warm flannel cloth all over the abdomen, then apply a white
woolen blanket, wet in as warm water as the child can bear. Put
into that water first, one or two ounces of Epsom salts, and wrap
the child all up in it, except the head, to which apply moderately
cold water, and then wrap a dry flannel cloth outside the wet
one and then add covers to make it warm, so as to sweat the patient
for about an hour, and if it does not sweat, apply hot bottles
and hot rocks around in the bed, keeping the head wet occasionally
with the cold water (not too cold), and keep repeating an occasional
drink of the lemonade. After the sweating has been going on for
an hour, unwrap it and rub dry with cloths and wrap it in flannel
or put on warm clothes and do not let it take cold, but keep right
on giving it (the lemonade), as above prepared. After the perspiring
and rubbing dry, apply all over the body, either sweet oil or
the grease squeezed out of bacon, and put on its nightdress, and
cover it with bedclothes sufficient to keep it comfortably warm,
and continue the lemonade, and your patient will be cured, and
will be all right in a short time. The body should be bathed once
or twice a day with Epsom salts water; a tablespoonful to a pint
of water, and let light diet be given it.
The following method will be the thing to do in
cases of diphtheria:
Gargle the throat with lemon juice every one or
two hours (if too strong, dilute it with a little water). This
will cut loose the membrane which forms in the throat. Apply all
over the body twice a day, or oftener, a solution of Epsom salts,
an ounce to a quart of water, sponging the body with a wet cloth,
and be sure to keep applied to the outside of, and in front of
the neck, cloths wrung out of the Epsom salts water, either cold
or hot, but often repeated. The latter serves as an antidote to
the toxic matter in the blood, neutralizing it better than anything
else known. Be sure to do this, and your cases of diphtheria will
all get well.
The dreadful disease, rheumatism, can be cured with
lemon juice, if used as follows: If you will pare a lemon and
cut it up in slices and fill a quart, or any sized bottle with
it, and then add as much grain alcohol as will fill the bottle,
and then take of this mixture about a half teaspoonful before
each meal and at bedtime, you will find it the best and most effectual
remedy known for that dreadful complaint, acute or chronic. It
will add much to the comfort and speedy cure of this affection,
if, in addition to the above, you use the following: Make first
this compound: One-half ounce of carbolic acid mixed with three
and a half ounces of glycerine, and keep it in a bottle for use.
Now, take two ounces of Epsom salts and put into a quart of hot
water, and when cool, add two teaspoonfuls of the above mixture
of glycerine and acid, and shake the mixture thoroughly, and then
sponge the body all over with this by wetting the cloths in it.
To be saving of it, just pour out of the bottle some of the liquid
on the cloth so as to wet it thoroughly, and then rub the body
all over with it. Do this three or four times a day; bathe the
feet also in the same salts water, as above prepared. Use the
same by means of cloths applied over the painful parts, but have
the liquid hot as can be borne, and frequently repeated. This
is invaluable, and will not disappoint you. The dose of lemon
may be given every three hours in bad, or acute cases.
The use of the juice of the lemon in dropsy is astonishing.
It should be taken in all cases of dropsy (although dropsy is
only a result of some other affection); this is the remedy par-excellence.
Slice the lemon (after it is peeled), and cover with sugar. To
begin with, take the juice of one lemon a day for the first day,
and gradually increase the quantity to seven or eight a day. Use
the Epsom salts solution as in the preparation for rheumatism,
daily, and the swelling will soon subside.
For such condition as heartburn, a little lemon
juice taken will arrest it at once.
For sore throat, there is nothing so good as a frequent
gargle with lemon juice, and a little of it swallowed while gargling
Taking a small quantity of lemon juice every little
while will arrest that most annoying, and often fatal condition
called hiccoughs. This may be used frequently, in connection with
desensitization of the phrenic nerve at the third cervical on
the left side of the neck, or as it crosses the first rib, about
its middle, back of the clavicle; pressing on it for a few moments,
or raising the ribs on each side where the diaphragm is attached,
pressing the diaphragm upward a moment.
Some people cure chills by using the juice of lemons,
as follows: The juice of a lemon is added to a cup of coffee and
drank, and repeated, using it twice a day, and another good way
is to take a half dozen, cut them in slices and boil for half
an hour in a pint of water; strain, and give a teaspoonful every
hour or two for three or four days, during the wakeful hours,
or when the chill is on, and other days every four hours. It matters
not so much about the hours, so plenty of the lemon juice is taken.
This is the Remedy for La Grippe.
A teacupful of lemonade taken every fifteen or twenty
minutes, taken hot, taking as much as five or six cupfuls, and
then repeated every two hours, will be found excellent.
There is no better remedy for consumption than the
free use of lemons, and they may be peeled and sliced and then
boiled for half an hour, half a dozen at a time, and then sweetened
to the taste, and a half dozen taken in one day that way; say
the half dozen boiled half an hour in a pint of water, and then
sweetened and taken in small quantities so that all may be taken
in one day.
The use of the Epsom salts baths should not be omitted
in all lung affections.
Lemon juice will cure tan blotches if the face is
washed therewith a few times.
By applying the lemon to styes, repeating a time
or two, will cure them very readily.
If a piece of sliced lemon is applied to corns,
and worn over night, a few applications cures corns.
A little lemon juice taken in the mouth and let
trickle down the throat, for a few times at short intervals, will
In some cases of asthma, the juice of half a lemon,
or a tablespoonful before each meal will be effectual, and should
be tried by those suffering from this complaint.
There is no better remedy than a half a lemon taken
three times a day for scurvy.
If you will take the juice of two lemons and put
it into a quart of tea, adding the lemon juice to the tea when
it is boiling hot, and bottle it when cool, and then take a teacupful
every two or three hours, you will find it most excellent for
It is said that the juice of half a lemon and one
teaspoonful of sugar and one of water taken at a dose, will cure
blood poisoning. The above is a dose, all of the above, and should
be taken every half hour for three or four hours.
It is an excellent thing to remove stains from the
hands - apply the clear juice.
Lemon juice mixed with equal parts of water is an
The juice of one lemon taken in a glass of hot water
every morning will reduce fat. It is the best remedy for that
condition. One man was reduced seventy-five pounds in one month
by this means, and doing without his breakfast.
Hanging clothes on nails when wet causes stains,
and these may be removed with the juice of the lemon - apply it
and hang such garment in the sun. Repeat a time or two and the
stains will have disappeared.
There are so many uses for this valuable fruit that
we cannot mention all of them, but suffice to say that it is one
of the most useful of all that is known, especially for those
conditions which have baffled the skill of all medical men, and
will not only save much expense to every family, but life itself,
if the use of lemons is adopted in every family.
For Griping or Tenessemus in Ano During
Press the interior point of the mastoid process,
just back of the ear, firmly. The pressure should be made for
a moment or two, and it suffices.
For Dilation of the Uterus Threatened Miscarriage.
Press the rib just forward of the anterior end of
Immerse the limb in kerosene oil. It extracts the
Eucalyptol, in five drop doses, every two to four
hours, is said to be a sovereign remedy for La Grippe.
Sugar is a remedy for lime in the eyes, or for burns
lime anywhere on the body.
A strong tea made of the bark of the root of the
common willow; a handful to a quart and boil to a pint; and a
half a teacupful three times a day, or less quantities oftener,
will cure flux - so said.
When food disagrees with the stomach, and bloating
and indigestion ensues, or from eating something that disagrees
with the digestive organs; take from one to three or four teaspoonfuls
of cream of tartar, dry on the tongue, swallowing it as it dissolves,
not taking water for at least a half hour after taking it; it
will be the most salutary and efficient remedy one can take. Take
Taken in half teaspoonful doses three times a day
is an excellent remedy for dyspepsia, always taken without water,
and drink no water for at least a half hour afterward.
For an Overdose of Morphine.
Inject a solution of permanganate of potash hypodermically,
or take it internally. This is an antidote to morphine and opium
poisoning. Inject in deltoid muscle.
This is a nervous condition which often proves fatal,
and is easily arrested when one knows just the thing to do to
arrest it. It is a result of nerve irritation - and that usually
at the terminals of the phrenic leash which ends in the diaphragm.
As this nerve emerges between the third and fourth cervical vertebras
on the left side of the neck (about the middle of the neck) the
treatment is easily performed. If gentle pressure is made with
the finger - the palm - just where this nerve emerges from the
cervical vertebra, for a few moments - generally not longer -
than one minute - the irritation ceases and the hiccough ceases.
This is worth many times the price of this book - when the knowledge
is needed to arrest this most distressing condition. The result
will be the same if pressure is made on the first rib (about the
middle and back of the clavicle) at a notch where the phrenic
nerve passes over the rib downward to its ending in the diaphragm.
The reason it cures is on account of the pressure arresting the
irritation at the nerve endings, by semi-desensitization of the
entire leash where mentioned.
When one knows a reasonable amount of the functions
of the nervous system, and where the nerves may be reached and
influenced, there should be no hesitancy in arresting conditions
which medicines have no power to influence or affect curatively.
The Remedy for Gall Stones For Their Removal.
The patient should take a large tablespoonful of
Epsom salts at night on going to bed. Next morning take one glass
tumbler full of olive oil, putting into it a little lemon juice,
and have some black coffee made and ready to swallow immediately
after swallowing the oil. Take another dose of the oil at eleven
o'clock, and another dose of the salts at four o'clock. This should
be sufficient for the course and is usually successful in its
work. The discharges should be made in a vessel so as to secure
the gall stones which may be washed out with water. The above
is worth many hundred dollars to the sufferer.
This condition is nearly always due to muscular
imbalance of the extrinsic muscles of the eyes, and the remedy
is to treat the eyes with prisms repeatedly, until they perform
their functions normally. Kratometric, gymnastic exercises are
the best means for a cure. If there are temporary dizzy spells
they may be caused by over-eating or from some impediment in the
circulation of the blood. The neck treatment is to be instituted
That is better relieved by placing the patient in
the recumbent posture and sprinkling cold water on the face. The
neck treatment is indicated after the spell is over.
Hay Fever and Asthma.
The fourth dorsal treatment, together with divulsion
with the bivalve, cures these conditions.
There are many conditions which succumb to the union
of the two forces which need not be especially mentioned, for
it makes no difference where the affection is located; the remedy
is to take off the pressure and stop the waste of nerve power,
and these are all that nature, demands in any case.
What to Do in Cases of Drowning.
The first thing is to get the patient out of the
water - as soon as possible and in some suitable place to get
the water out of the stomach and lungs.
If possible, secure a barrel or something round
- a log is as good as anything - and begin to roll the patient
backwards and forwards, lengthwise on the stomach and on the back,
so as to empty the water all out; then begin a systematic course
of artificial respiration by stretching the arms high above the
head and suddenly bring them down against the sides, and blow
with your mouth into patient's mouth, at the same time holding
the nostrils of the patient, blowing strongly while some one is
going through with the artificial respiratory process. Continue
these movements until recovery takes place, or long enough to
show that it cannot be accomplished. If your patient, shows signs
of life persevere steadily, but do not overdo. Be careful and
meet all indications, promptly and with judgment.
After life is restored, use warm applications to
the body and friction with warm cloths. Then let patient rest
undisturbed for a time to recuperate strength and the normal feelings
over the body. See to the circulation of the blood, but give no
stimulants nor food.
Breath is what the patient needs; let alone and
see that plenty of fresh air is allowed.
Resuscitation should be done as carefully as possible, being careful
not to bruise the lungs while rolling patient over the barrel.
You may save the life even after a person has been in the water
an hour or two; the effort is worthwhile and should be made.
Magnesia Sulphate (Epsom Salts).
This is regarded as a physic, a saline cathartic,
and used generally for that purpose. There are so many conditions
this article may be used for that we shall attempt to enumerate
but a few of them.
As a disinfectant it has no superior, and as an
antidote to toxins, it is perhaps the best there is. It has a
special influence in dispelling the effete matter from the skin
when used as a wash, and opens the pores of the skin better than
any article we know of. It also supplies the skin with sulphates,
which, being deficient, cause eruptions and eczematous conditions
on the surface. It neutralizes the poisons from insects of various
kinds, and furnishes sure protection against rheumatism; and locally
applied, in hot water, relieves pain with surprising rapidity.
In order to have in readiness a preparation to mix
with the salts solution, prepare the following, which may be used
for any skin trouble when mixed with the solution. Take three
and a half ounces of glycerine and one-half ounce of carbolic
acid and mix thoroughly together, and keep it in a bottle, ready
for use. When used, or to be used, in the solution put one teaspoonful
of the mixture into one pint of water, into which one ounce of
Epsom salts has been dissolved, and shake it well before using.
It may be warmed or used cold. Hot for pain, by the use of cloths
wet therein, and cold when no pain exists. The solution is fine
for any sort of skin trouble and may be used frequently, two or
three times a day or oftener, or kept applied all the time for
a disinfectant and for anti-toxin effects, as it is the best antidote
known for that poison stuff.
The salts solution is fine for intestinal affections
and one can hardly go amiss in using any moderate quantity at
time for almost any condition of the bowels, skin, or as an antidote
to malaria and other supposed poisons in moderation. An ounce
of salts to a pint of water dissolved therein, and four ounces
of glycerine and as much rose-water, makes an excellent wash for
the face and hands to keep the skin soft and white and clean.
Another Method of Treating for Gall Stones.
Take one gill of sweet oil before retiring at night
and the next morning a dose of seidlitz powder, and one every
hour until an action of the bowels takes place. This may repeated
in three or four days. Two or three doses are generally sufficient
to remove the stones. Avoid eating wheat bread, and use fruits
and vegetables which have no lime in them. Rice and sago, berries
and milk and distilled water may be used.
Kerosene Oil is One of Nature's Best Remedies
From the crude petroleum which was used as a liniment,
to its partial refinement and use in lamps, the more refined name
and nature called kerosene, we have one of the most useful, next
to salt, of all the productions from the bowels of the earth.
The coal we burn in our stoves is probably the source of kerosene.
When we consider that one application to the throat,
of a cloth saturated in this oil, will cure sore throat, we will
wonder why so many people suffer with sore throat.
A little cotton saturated with kerosene and put
into the cavity of an aching tooth is a remedy that affords immediate
relief in almost every case, and a cloth wet with kerosene and
applied to a corn, and it kept on for a few days, saturated with
it, will cure if you take off the pressure and the corn will disappear.
One teaspoonful of oil and kerosene taken in a teacupful
of new sweet milk is said to cure chills, and usually one dose
does it. It may be taken in half the quantity by children and
weakly persons, and may be repeated daily, if necessary, with
For burns there is no better remedy. It may be mixed
with the same quantity of olive oil or linseed oil and applied
by means of cloths saturated therewith, and repeated from time
to time, or it may be used without the oil by itself.
The celebrated "Johe" is largely composed
of kerosene, and is most effective in many cases of burns, sprains,
There is, perhaps, not a remedy which will cure
croup, as quickly as kerosene oil will. Saturate a cloth with
the kerosene oil and place it on the throat and upper part of
the chest, and give internally from three to twenty drops every
half hour, lengthening the time between doses as the case improves,
and this will prove satisfactory.
It may be administered in two or three drop doses
on a little sugar every half hour, and cold water used on the
throat by means of cloths wrung out of it and applied frequently.
This is a good remedy for the pseudo-membranous croup.
If applied by means of a swab to the throat, inside,
in cases of diphtheria, it will be efficaceous and effectual.
The swab should consist of absorbent cotton and shaken well before
introducing it into the throat, so as to avoid giving too much
at once. This is surely a sovereign remedy and may be relied upon
when properly used.
In that very troublesome condition produced by the
poison vine, if kerosene is applied to the parts affected three
or four times a day until the inflammation subsides, the cure
will be effected; but for this affection the crude oil is the
kind to use - petroleum.
Cloths saturated in petroleum and applied to sores
and bruises are soothing and it causes wounds to heal, abates
pain and aids in healing as well.
Petroleum mixed with glycerine makes a good application
to the hands as well as to mix into the hair to remove dandruff.
Many cases of rheumatism are benefited, and some
cured, by the application of kerosene to the parts affected by
rubbing with the oil.
It is an excellent remedy in snake bites - one teaspoonful
taken internally and some put onto the bite; but there should
be an opening in the skin so that absorption can take place readily
and it kept applied.
Petroleum or lard applied to rheumatic painful parts,
applied warm and rubbed in thoroughly, are excellent applications
to assuage that condition. Neuralgia is likewise greatly alleviated
from the use of these applied hot to the parts affected.
In all throat troubles, including quinsy, the local
application of kerosene, externally and internally, is said to
be a specific.
In pneumonia, if cloths are wrung out of kerosene
and applied over the lungs, great relief will be obtained in a
short time. If thus applied at night, on the lungs of patients
afflicted with consumption, it will alleviate the suffering and
will cure some cases thought to be beyond the reach of remedies.
It is worthwhile to use it for that affection.
It is said that the oil of peppermint is one of
the best remedies for quinsy, applied externally on and around
Many cases of swollen bowels, even appendicitis,
may be relieved by the application of cloths wet in hot water
and a few drops of turpentine sprinkled over it and applied hot,
to the entire bowels. This will afford relief, and should be followed
up with the cloths wet in the kerosene oil or kerosene mixed with
Some cases of piles are cured by the injection of
small quantities of kerosene oil into the bowel, once or twice
In asthmatic affections, kerosene has been used
with success, after many remedies had been tried to no avail,
by inhaling the fumes into the lungs and rubbing the hands with
the oil, especially the palms; and by applying the oil to the
neck and chest twice a day relief will almost always be the result.
Those who live in the country and who burn coal
oil will be proud to know they have in their houses such a valuable
remedy for so many conditions they are liable to have in their
The simple remedies which do no harm, especially
when used with discretion, are generally the most potent for relief,
and worthy of our special consideration. And with a little study
and experience every family may become its own doctor and save
money, time and life, as well as the sadness which sometimes is
the sequel of neglected sickness; whereas, when the remedy is
in the house and it is known how to use it, relief can often be
attained at once, and the owner of this book will save many times
its cost as well as the satisfaction of saving the life of some
With deep breathing, diet, suggestion, exercise,
and the use of Epsom salts, together with the many suggestions
made in this volume, a world of suffering may be, and can be,
The uniting of the two forces is the most valuable
discovery for the relief of human ills of this century, or any
preceding it, to the world, in the art of healing, and philosophy
of healing through the science of Neuropathy will go down the
ages, when understood, as the best means possible for the purposes
Our book would be incomplete were we to omit saying
something about some of the common things obtainable, and which
are of incalculable value to many people in cases of sickness.
These are salt, lemons and kerosene oil.
These articles are the most plentiful of anything
we have, and when we know how to use them are the most useful
for certain conditions.
Salt is the most valuable to cure disease of all
other articles in use, and there is an inexhaustible supply of
We have said elsewhere that it is useful as a cure
for catarrh and given directions for its use; also how to use
it in sore eyes and how to bathe the body with it.
We would recommend it in other cases, such as felon,
mixed with white of egg and used as a poultice, renewed in a few
hours if it does not relieve, which it will do in all cases if
applied at the beginning.
If salt be moistened with a little water and applied
to burns, it will prevent blistering, and is one of the very best
remedies known for burns.
Applied to neuralgic and painful parts and all painful
conditions anywhere in or on the body, either hot, and in sacks
of convenient size, or in solution of a half a pint of salt to
a quart of hot water, and cloths wrung out of it and applied to
the painful part, it will be found effectual. Repeat it and apply
it warm each time.
In bleeding piles it is a sovereign remedy; used
as an injection, as warm as can be borne by the patient, two or
three times a day, will arrest the bleeding; and the solution
may be used of varied strength, from a tablespoonful to a pint
of water of salt solution, to more if needed. Medium strength
is, perhaps, the safest to use and as effectual.
In toothache, a solution of equal parts of salt
water (a tablespoonful of salt solution to a pint) and a half
a tablespoonful with the same quantity of camphor mixed together
and held in the mouth, will usually arrest the toothache in a
short time; use it as warm as can be borne and repeat it if necessary.
There is no better remedy than a strong solution
of salt and water - hot - applied to a sprain or a bruise, kept
moist all the time until well.
If salt is taken in half to one teaspoonful doses
three times a day it will cure almost any case of chronic disease
of the spleen or constipation.
In cholera morbus, if a tablespoonful of salt is
added to a pint of water and a half pint of cider vinegar, and
then mix in this a tablespoonful of ground black pepper, and a
tablespoonful taken every twenty minutes will be found to be one
of the very best remedies to relieve that condition.
In some cases of colic a teaspoonful of salt dissolved
in half a glass of water and taken at the commencement of the
attack will arrest it at once.
A drink of salt water of the strength of a teaspoonful
to a pint, given in teaspoonful or larger quantities, to one just
going into a spasm or fit, if they can swallow, is sometimes effectual
in arresting any further spasm at the time; and the head sponged
with the salt water is excellent at the time of the spasm.
In cases of fever and ague the use of salt is a
sovereign remedy; but it must be browned - made brown like coffee
which can be done in a stove of moderate heat. The dose of this
browned salt, for an adult, is a tablespoonful dissolved in a
glass of tepid water, every morning following the fever. If the
patient is thirsty let water be drank through a tube of small
size. After taking the salt the food should be light for the next
forty-eight hours; say, chicken or beef broth.
Salt mixed with equal parts of sugar and a small
pinch taken at night, when there is a tickling cough or sore throat,
will be a satisfactory remedy in most cases.
In bleeding of the lungs, frequent doses of salt
in half teaspoonful doses is the best remedy known to arrest it.
Repeat dose every twenty minutes.
For that condition called diarrhea, put one tablespoonful
of salt into a teacup and then add one tablespoonful of vinegar
to it and fill the cup with hot water, and of this preparation,
from one to two teaspoonfuls, as hot as can be borne, every ten
to fifteen minutes. If one should vomit repeat the dose. This
will cure obstinate cases, not only acute but chronic cases.
It is an element in the blood and holds all solids
in solution; hence, useful in cases of blows or bruises from falls
or other ways; even where apparent death is a result, salt water
should be administered immediately, if possible, internally and
used externally. The usual method of preparing it to take internally
is a teaspoonful to a pint of water, and yet a tablespoonful to
a pint of water is better; then take a tablespoonful at a dose
as often as five to ten minutes till relieved.
In case of worms in children, if one teaspoonful
of salt is stirred in a half pint of tepid water and injected
into the bowels of the one troubled with worms, once a day for
three or four days, it will cure them of pin worms. Lime water
in two to four ounce doses injected into the bowels removes all
the pin worms at once. Try it.
There is no better remedy than a half teaspoonful
of common salt twice a day for dyspepsia. The dose may be from
a fourth to a half teaspoonful, and for disordered conditions
of the stomach. A good way to take the salt is to put half a teaspoonful
dry on the tongue and then drink a glass of water slowly, washing
the salt down. This should be taken half an hour before breakfast
every morning until relieved.
For torpid liver the juice of one lemon with a half
teaspoonful of salt, mixed with a half pint of water, and drank
half an hour before breakfast, is a sovereign remedy. The lemon
and water may also be taken at bedtime.
The application of a small sack of salt - made as
hot as can be borne - to the abdomen, in cases of painters' colic,
or any other pain, is a sure relief.
It is said that a strong solution of salt and brandy
applied to erysipelas is one of the very best of remedies, cloths
kept constantly wet with this and applied to the parts affected.
The proportions should be a tablespoonful to a pint. (Use a tablespoonful
of salt to a pint of water; then add equal parts of the brandy.)
Salt water applied to the entire body, and the head
washed and rubbed thoroughly, will cure any case of dandruff in
a short time. The daily sponge or towel bath is an excellent cleanser
and should be used by everybody.
If one has hives a little salt bound to the back
of the neck will, it is said, cure the hives in a short time.
A little salt dissolved in the mouth and swallowed
will often cure that condition known as heartburn.
There are so many uses for salt that we cannot enumerate
them all. It is worthy of the most profound consideration, for
it is always at hand and many conditions may be ameliorated by
its use intelligently applied, and save many a doctor's visit
and much suffering and expense: and many lives saved by its use
A Fine Remedy for Membranous Croup.
To one quart of strong vinegar add one pint of common
table salt, while vinegar is hot, and wring cloths out of it as
hot as can be borne and hold to the mouth so that the fumes -
the steam - can be inhaled; and it is effectual in loosening the
One of the Quickest and Best Tape Worm Remedies.
Let the patient eat a light supper the night previous
to using the remedy, and then, in the morning, eat nothing but
bread and milk for breakfast, and half an hour after the breakfast
put (for an adult) ten drops of chloroform on a little sugar and
let that be swallowed at once, and repeat the same kind of a dose
in twenty minutes afterward.
In fifteen minutes after the last dose of chloroform
let the patient take four ounces of castor oil, keeping it down
with lemon juice or coffee. Take the oil warm.
The mistake people make in expelling the worm is
they starve the patient and the worm so that the worm exerts all
its powers to hold to the surface of the intestine.
The above directions followed strictly will be effectual
in getting rid of the worm. There are many other remedies but
this is the one to succeed with. Another excellent remedy - let
patient eat one to two ounces of pumpkin seeds twice a day.
Children may take the remedy proportionately as
The treatment may be repeated in a month if the
first round does not remove it all, or any of it.
To Cure Goiter by Local Application.
Use colodion spread on the entire outside of the
tumor - put on with a small brush - three times a day. It acts
mechanically, squeezing the blood out of it gradually.
To Remove Pins, Needles, Tacks, Etc., From
the Stomach After Being Swallowed.
Let the patient go to eating cooked Irish potato
- eating nothing else for a day and follow it up with a dose of
oil, enough to move the bowels. The foreign substance will be
wrapped up in the potato, and come away without doing any harm.
Kerosene for Asthma.
The way to use it: Apply it to the neck and chest
twice a day, rubbing it in well. Then place some of the kerosene
in each hand, using friction for a few moments. Do this standing
up, and then inhale it into the lung - the fumes - repeating it
every three hours for the first two or three days, and then three
times a day and before retiring at night. In some cases it is
effectual immediately, but in bad cases it may take a week or
two to cure it; but it will be effectual in almost every case.
How to Make An Excellent Liniment for General
To the yolk of two hens eggs, thoroughly beaten,
add slowly one pint of good cider vinegar; stir in the vinegar
slowly, and keep stirring the mixture to prevent any lumps forming,
and stir till it is smooth; then add, stirring all the time, one
pint of turpentine. Then put it into a bottle large enough that
it may be shaken daily for several days, and it will form a white,
pasty mass, and is excellent for every sort of painful affection,
when freely applied and the surface thoroughly rubbed, every few
hours. Use it on all occasions, for man or animal, when soreness,
stiffness or rheumatism is present.
If to the above there be added a half pint of oil
of sassafras, a half pint of oil of hemlock, and four ounces of
wintergreen, you will have one of the best liniments for general
use on the market.
The Salt Water Cure for Goiter.
Make a brine strong enough to hold up an egg, and
then wring cloths out of that brine, doubling the cloth or towel
so as to cover the goiter and half-way around the neck, on either
side of the neck, and cover all over this with a towel wrapped
around the neck and put it on every night same way. Continue this
every night until cured, which generally takes about three weeks.
This is invaluable for it cures. Many other like conditions succumb
to this same treatment.
Poisons and Their Antidotes.
Poison oak - Grindelia robusta 2 drachms, glycerine
2 ounces. Mix and apply to affected parts three or four times
daily. It cures.
For All Poisons Taken Into the Stomach.
Use remedies to cause vomiting as quickly as possible.
A tablespoonful of salt in a pint of warm water,
drank, usually causes vomiting immediately. A tablespoonful of
powdered mustard in a glass of water is a sure emetic.
After vomiting use fresh milk, white of eggs, sweet oil, lard,
or any other oil or butter.
Arsenic - Use albumen of eggs, sweet milk, sweet
oil, lard at once, freely. Carbonate of iron, half teaspoonful
Tartar Emetic, Antimony - Give tannic acid or green
Verdigris, Lunar Caustic, Corrosive Sublimate -
Mix whites of a dozen eggs in water, two pints; give a glass full
every two minutes, till the stomach will contain no more. If there
are not eggs enough, use sweet milk. Wheat flour mixed with milk
Lunar Caustic - The antidote is a strong brine of
salt; take in stomach as soon as possible. (The above is nitrate
StrychnineGive - two teaspoonfuls of common baking
soda in water. This is said to be a certain antidote. Common salt
is also a sure antidote used freely internally.
Sugar of Lead - Excite vomiting. Then give Epsom
salts, diluted sulphuric acid mixed with the salts, castor oil
or solution of alum.
Shell-fish, or Ptomaine Poison - Excite vomiting.
Then give dry on tongue, one to four ounces of cream of tartar,
using no water for half an hour afterward.
Opium, Morphine - Use stomach pump. Then give strong
coffee, lemon juice. A solution of permanganate of potash is a
perfect antidote to the morphine or opium poison, injected into
the deltoid muscle. Be sure to keep patient awake and use artificial
respiration if needed.
Phosphorus - Give milk and magnesia, sweet milk,
mucilages, but no grease of any kind.
Carbolic Acid - Give oil, glycerine, flour and water,
white of eggs, magnesia, flaxseed tea, vaseline.
Lye – The remedy is vinegar or oil.
Sulphuric Acid (Oil of Vitriol) - Soap-suds, wood
ashes mixed with water, carbonate of magnesia, chalk or lime water,
and let patient use milk.
Nitric Acid (Aqua Fortis) - Strong soap and water
is efficient. Aqua ammonia in water. Wood ashes and sweet milk
Creosote - Starch, wheat flour mixed with water,
white of eggs, milk, mucilaginous drinks. Stomach may be evacuated
by stomach pump.
For Mad Dog Bite - Cord the limb; then pour muriatic
acid on the wound - a few drops. This is said to neutralize the
poison at once. It is said that to plunge the patient into water
at 65 degrees, regardless of remonstrance, not letting the patient
know anything about it before plunging, and prepare the bath without
patient hearing the sound of the water. Repeat the bath when symptoms
of a paroxysm appear.
The above will be sufficient for this book. There
are many other poisons in the world but the student should be
posted in the important ones which are liable to occur at any
The Kind and Use of a Vibrator - The Shelton,
This machine is the most satisfactory machine I
have ever used and I generally use it after giving the manipulations,
vibrating the entire spine and extending down to the feet - not
using vibrations longer than about fifteen seconds at any one
place at one sitting. It assists the metabolism of the muscular
system and thereby relieves the pressure from end nerves.
For La Grippe.
After adjustment at the fourth dorsal, fourth cervical,
eighth dorsal and the twelfth, give your patient directions to
take a half teaspoonful of baking soda in a half glass of
milk every three or four hours, and that will save the necessity
of repeating the treatment at the office. Remember this.
Some of its uses. - A gargle made as follows is
excellent for sore throat: Two teaspoonfuls of common cayenne
pepper; two of fine salt; mix. Add one-half pint of boiling water;
mix thoroughly, then strain it, and add half pint of good vinegar.
Bottle for use. Dose: Half teaspoonful to a tablespoonful every
one or two hours, and use it freely to the sore fauces, or throat,
as a gargle, frequently. Taken in the form of a tea, or mixed
with cream, in doses of a few grains to even a teaspoonful, it
is an excellent stimulant. Mixed with lard or vaseline and applied
to the surface, it is excellent in many conditions. Applied to
the bottoms of the feet, as an ointment, it warms them, and is
a cure for cold feet. Mixed with turpentine and applied to tumors,
it is said to discuss them (cause them to absorb). The above compound
is excellent for sore throats, as stated, and catarrh, colds,
hoarseness, female obstructions (due to colds), fevers, inflammation,
piles (as a wash), liver complaints, quinsy. Mixed with molasses,
or steeped in vinegar, it may be used in many conditions. It is
not poisonous, therefore may be used with impunity.
SULPHATE OF MAGNESIA (EPSOM SALTS)
A few years ago Epsom salts was the most popular
drug in England, though only known by its laxative and purgative
Epsom water was famous, though nothing was known
of its antitoxic and antidotal properties for health and longevity.
Those who used it most did not suffer with sclerosis,
kidney troubles, rheumatism, nor any of the fat man's troubles.
The Standard Lexicon of the medical profession was
written by Dr. Robert Hooper more than a century ago. The name
Magnesia was adopted by the chemists on account of its power to
draw certain substances from the air, and he goes on to state
the Epsom salts slowly draws carbon from the air, and that it
has a stronger affinity for carbon than is possessed by potassium,
or sodium, or ammonia, having the power to draw carbon from these
very stable substances. After stating the general disease condition
in which Epsom salts was used, he mentioned "the broken doses,"
frequently repeated, to increase perspiration and diuresis, and
states that some claim that it allays pain when no catharsis is
Here are some of the uses which Dr. Burgess made
of it, and his successes are, and have been most remarkable and
Fifty years, or more, later, our medical authorities
make the very same claims for Epsom salts, except the relief of
pain, no doubt fearing the effects on this of anodynes, nerve
paralyzants and magical nostrums, dropping the very thing out
that has in fact the power to draw the carbon from a toxin, and
completely neutralize it and relieve the pain in a physiological
Experience has shown that the toxic element is the
main thing in all serious conditions, both acute and chronic,
because, with the means of neutralizing toxins so promptly we
thus materially change the conditions and ameliorate the symptoms,
no matter what the name of the condition - the toxic element is
gone, and nature has a fair chance to establish natural, normal
relations, and rapid recovery is the rule, under these favorable
The antidotal powers of Epsom salts are well proven
by the method, but again the experience the method demands goes
still further than reason, and shows us its antidotal over poisons
not built on carbon, as all the blood toxins are, and the facts
we must glean furnish the clue to the mysteries on ahead.
The power of Epsom salts to stimulate and strengthen
the sympathetic system of nerves is another property confirmed
Cuts have been known to heal under Epsom water application
in three days, indolent ulcers get a move on themselves, all pus
disappearing in an hour sometimes. A broken leg heals in two to
four weeks, fractured ribs in, bout the same time.
Nature has had wonderful help from some quarter
to be able to do such things. And we venture to suggest that it
is because the toxic element is removed from the system, which
element is the most troublesome part of all disease, and that
we may expect equal improvement in all conditions from the faithful
use of the warm Epsom sponge bath and all night applications of
Epsom water (Epsom salt, one ounce to a pint of warm water, or
two, pints of water).
The ancients, as Dr. Hooper terms them, had more
facts than we had to begin with, and all they all lacked of revealing
the richest mine in pathology was the natural method born with
every one that comes into the world. And today, if we had enough
manhood and American independence to turn our backs on all the
bastard theories periodically foisted on us, we would be of one
mind, and all trusting in the natural method, and all have the
ready means at hand of solving the mysteries of life.
Gall stones are dissolved by the use of Epsom salts,
baths and all night applications to the skin. Mineral deposits
are also dissolved as well, whether in the joints or elsewhere.
Bathing the body all over, every day, tends to keep the skin cleansed
and bring out an immense amount of the urates from the blood.
To cure common colds make Epsom lozenges. Epsom
salts one part with eight parts of sugar; melt together with a
little water, and make into drops, or any convenient form, and
hold some of these in the mouth until they melt, spitting out
the saliva every minute or so. In the course of 30 minutes you
have drawn nearly a cupful of toxic poison, fibrinous fluid from
the blood, the cold is gone, the headache gone, and a feeling
of satisfaction in your mind.
There seems to be no limit to its use. It relieves
the symptoms of burning urine in about 30 minutes. It cures La
Grippe, used once an hour during the day. It offsets the habit
of taking cold, by taking the sugar as above for 30 minutes at
The warm Epsom sponge bath subdues restlessness,
if used three or four times during half an hour, just at bedtime.
These may be repeated several times during the night, for dissolving
the urates from the blood.
Sclerosis, aneurism, anchylosis, diabetes, nephritis,
rheumatism, pleurisy, pulmonary consumption, etc., will be cured
in a day and a night bath, repeated every time the indications
demand it, for even one day will bring the patient well on the
way to a cure, and in a short time perfect recovery will take
place, symptoms gone, the patient cured. All night application
of Epsom salts water or folds of cloths as a compress, is very
important; over the thorax, in consumption, it relieves the cough
and lessens the bronchial secretions to a great degree.
The tub bath - one to three lbs. of Epsom salts
to eight to twelve gallons of water - may be preferred in some
severe cases of rheumatism, but it should be followed by a sponge
bath in the course of an hour, or less as the patient becomes
restless. The restlessness is caused by the blood carrying more
urates into the capillaries, to take the place of those dissolved
out, hence the necessity of frequent bathing, to dissolve out
the urates, causing the trouble.
Epsom oil is made as follows: Take water and Epsom
salts equal parts by measure, common sugar and glycerine one-half
as much. Make solution. More water may be added from time to time
to hold it in solution. Dose internally, one teaspoonful before
breakfast, or before each meal. It gives the stomach a good bath.
Externally it may be applied freely with the hand,
or on thin cloth, making a light compress, easily borne and doing
good work all night, or all day without renewing. It seems like
oil, and looks like it, only the effects are a hundre times better.
Do not use soap to wash it off.
Burns or Scalds.
The immediate application of salts water relieves
the pain at once, used warm to get the best results. Use it cold
if no warm water is at hand. Have Epsom salts always bottled,
ready for use in cases of emergency.
There is nothing better for blood poison than the
Epsom salts application. Use cheese cloth, several thicknesses,
applied often, saturated with the Epsom water, prepared as directed
(1 to 16 of water).
This condition is absolutely cured by the use of
the Epsom salts bath, daily. The sugar and salts mixture held
in the mouth, together with the daily bath, is the remedy par-excellence.
In all conditions where toxin is found in the body, the Epsom
salts will prove the greatest benefit of anything known.
An old physician, living on a high bluff, skirted
by the low lands of the Wabash river, on the Indiana side, always
kept Epsom salts in solution in a quart bottle, and he used it
for all sorts of ailments, and was one of the most successful
physicians in the country. He used it externally and internally.
But few knew what was in that "big bottle." I did, and
witnessed its beneficial effects, and now I wonder why I did not
use it then.
For eye troubles, inflammation, etc., use the half
strength solution of Epsom salts applied on cloths, over eyes
and forehead, all night, for such conditions.
The application of the salts Water, to an ulcer,
stops the formation of pus in an hour, generally, hence the best
thing to use. It destroys the toxic poison that produces the formation
It will cure hemorrhage, locally applied - small
Made into a salve, it is the best application to
piles. Make it as follows: Dry the water out of it in a hot stove,
then pulverize it, and mix it with vaseline, to the consistency
of cream, or about two parts of vaseline to one part of the dried
Epsom salts. Use it once or twice a day to the pile, introduced
into the rectum with the finger, smearing the parts with the salve.
This may seem superfluous to recommend this article
so highly, but for the antidotal effects it possesses of toxic
poisons, being one of the main elements so frequently needed in
the body, a thing that cannot be supplied by any sort of adjustment
or food; it is urgently recommended to the readers of this book,
and if properly used, will be found a rich boon to the afflicted.
The external applications can do no harm, and the
internal use will not be anything but satisfactory, if used as
it should be.
Hydropathy is an excellent system of healing as
used acccording to the instructions in Hydropathic works, but
its use can be greatly enhanced by the additional use of this
Sulphate of Magnesia element, and if you need more knowledge of
this wonderful remedy, you may get it by purchasing the New Field,
published at Chattanooga, Tennessee, by the W. H. Burgess Company,
and you will find a mine of useful instruction therein along the
lines of healing and practical, useful advice.
It was discovered by the late Dr. W. H. Burgess
that sugar could be used to very great advantage, as an antitoxin,
simply by holding it in the mouth f or a few moments. Its presence
in the mouth has the effect to arrouse the salivary secretions,
filling the mouth with saliva. The doctor states that it is the
grandest therapeutic measure ever devised, giving control over
the blood, heart and arteries. It unloads the blood of toxins
and excessive nutriment in a few minutes.
Pain is caused by toxins and pressure, and is relieved
by sugar more quickly than by anodynes. In facial neuralgia it
gives relief in from 30 to 60 minutes. Frequent repetitions of
it relieves neuralgia, sciatica, and all pelvic pains, and even
Its simplicity is its greatest commendation, but
some will not use it because it looks too simple to be of any
The simplest things are often the most useful. This
remedy has merit and its use will convince the most skeptical.
Try it. Prove it.
Simply hold half a teaspoonful in the mouth until
it all dissolves, then spit it out, and repeat the operation for
30 to 60 minutes. Rest the salivary glands for an hour or so,
and then use the sugar again for an hour, and so on as long as
This relieves the system of the toxin, and the pain
ceases. When the toxin is removed the disease caused thereby is
Where the use of the sugar causes toothache, substitute
salt, in smaller quantities, always spitting out the saliva each
time after using the sugar or the salt. Persistence is required
in some cases, but it is effectual in such a variety of cases
that it should not be ignored. It relieves one of so many conditions
and suffering that it should be known by all, as it is so simple
and so easily applied, there is no excuse for suffering.
It comes right in line with Neuropathy, as it takes
off the pressure. Drink water freely when thirsty, and so virtually
wash out the poisons from the blood. The microscope shows that
the character of the blood can be changed in a day. There is no
drug so potent as sugar, used as above directed, for pains of
all kinds, and it is absolutely harmless.
Bad colds; sore throat; diseased and swollen tonsils;
headache; sciatica; many conditions which will arise caused by
toxic poisons can be relieved through the use of this simple remedy,
sugar held in the mouth.
Some conditions will respond more quickly by the
same dose, and used in the same way; one teaspoonful of Epsom
salts to seven of sugar, will be more effectual.