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The bowels should be kept open by some mild catharsis, as castor oil
or a pill of aloes. If there is pain and fullness of the head during
the discharge, or before it, use the following:
Tincture of aconite leaves, Two drams;
Tincture of belladonna, One dram;
Tincture of cantharides, One dram;
Morphia, Three grains;
Simple syrup, Quarter ounce.
Mix. Dose: One teaspoonful three times a day. If the pain is severe it
may be taken every two hours.
Between the monthly periods, if the system is weak, the following may
Precip. carbonate of iron, Five drams;
Extract of conium, Two drams;
Balsam Peru, One dram;
Alcohol, Four ounces;
Oil wintergreen, Twenty drops;
Simple syrup, Eight ounces.
Dose: Two teaspoonfuls three times a day. Shake the mixture before
CHLOROSIS, OR GREEN SICKNESS.
This disease generally occurs in young unmarried females who are weak
and delicate. It manifests itself about the age of puberty, and is
accompanied by feeble appetite and digestion. There is no menstrual
discharge, or else it is very slight.
It is caused by innutritious food and residence in damp and
ill-ventilated apartments. It may be hereditary, all the females of
the family being liable to the same disease. Those who drink largely
of tea, coffee, diluted acids, bad wines, and indulge in tight lacing;
are predisposed to this disease. Among the exciting causes may be
mentioned disturbing emotions, unrequited love, homesickness,
depression of spirits, etc. When we take into consideration the fact
that the cause of the disease is impoverishment of the blood, the
treatment will not be difficult.
Exercise freely in the open air; protect the body from chilliness with
warm clothing and plenty of it. The patient should sleep on a mattress
in a well-ventilated room. The diet should be nourishing without being
stimulating. It is important that the habits should be regular, and
the mind kept cheerful by society and innocent amusements. Before the
medical treatment is commenced the exciting causes of the disease must
be removed. A complete change must be made in the existence of the
patient. If she is confined closely at school, she must be removed; if
she is inclined to confine herself to the house, send her to the
country. Picture to her the danger she is in by the continuance of
such a life; give her plenty of outdoor exercise. The mental and moral
causes are the most difficult to remove, but a change of scenery and
new friends will do much towards it. For those who are shut up in
factories, or who work all day in a stooping position, a change of
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