Herbal Cures For Flu, Dysentery, Diarrhoea and Apoplexy.

August 31, 2008 · Print This Article

It is likely that you may not have experience in diagnosing and treating the following medical conditions, so if in any doubt do not hesitate to contact a doctor as soon as possible

Influenza: Symptoms - Dull pain, and weight in the forehead, chilliness, sneezing, hoarseness, quick, but small pulse, difficulty in breathing, stitch across the chest, bowels costive, tongue white, urine highly coloured but clear, loss of appetite, nausea, and great debility.

Treatment—If nausea is complained of give a gentle emetic; if costive give a strong tea of Mountain flax; if feverish give a tea of Balm, Burdock, and Centaury or Barley Water with Lemon Juice.

Dysentery.—A disease attended with an inflammation of the mucous membrane of the intestines, with frequent stools, slight cramp, severe gripings, chills, heat, on the skin, and small fever. The stools, though frequent, are small in quantity and sometimes streaked with blood.

Causes.—Sudden changes in the atmospheric gases, and when there is little electric action, which more frequently happen in the wet autumns; from taking putrid food, unripe fruit, drinking tart beer, and taking indigestible food.

Treatment.—Where vomiting attends the disease give a gentle emetic, and work it off by Camomile Tea; get a full discharge of the intestines, then give a tea of Oak Bark, Burdock Seeds, and Raspberry Leaves, and if this succeed in staying the disease, administer Raspberry Leaves tea with a little Ginger and sweetened warm water till the bowels are checked.All the time the invalid must be kept warm. One of the best medicines for this disease, as an astringent, is Extract of Logwood, 1 drachm; Chalk mixture, 4 ounces; Tincture of Catechu, 2 drachms; Spirit of Nutmeg, 1 ounce.
Dose.—Two tablespoonfuls every four hours. Take light food and moderate exercise, and avoid malt liquors.

Looseness of the Bowels or diarrhoea.
Symptoms: Much the same as dysentery, only the stools are not bloody, neither is there any fever. The discharge is generally attended with a murmuring noise in the bowels. Digestion and stomach are affected.

The discharges are not bilious, which distinguishes them from the cholera morbus. It is a disease generally understood.

Treatment.—Remove the morbid cause; then give a strong tea of Raspberry Leaves and Oak Bark, well sweetened. When the disease has arisen from excess taken in the stomach, give a gentle emetic in the evening, and an aperient of Flaxweed Tea in the morning. If attending dentition, it should not be checked.

Apoplexy.— Causes: Mental excitement, full epicurean living, luxurious idleness; the too frequent use of strong liquors, opium, tobacco; intoxication; a full meal; violent exercise; much exertion of the organs of respiration, as in coughing, vomiting, laughing, long and loud speaking; extreme anger; suppressions of evacuations; exposure to the heat of the sun or overheated bed-chambers; stooping much or long, tying anything tight about the neck.

Treatment.—If caused from an overloaded stomach, give an emetic, but in other cases vomits will be detrimental. Put the feet in warm water and rub the legs briskly; give Tinctures of Capsicum and Jalap of equal parts. If this cannot be done give an injection of Senna and Raspberry Leaves ½ ounce, ½ teaspoonful of Capsicum, and as much Lobelia in a pint of water. After convalescence give a decoction of Horseradish, Gentian, Calumba, and Capsicum. Tonics are very necessary.

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