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Essential oil of juniper, Twelve drops.
Make into twelve pills with syrup or mucilage, washing down each pill
with a cupful of pennyroyal tea.
CESSATION OF THE MENSES--CHANGE OF LIFE.
By the phrase, "change of life," or, the critical period, we
understand the final cessation, or stoppage, of the menses. It usually
takes place between the ages of forty and fifty, although in some
cases it may occur as early as thirty, and in others not until sixty.
However, we can expect the change about the forty-fifth year.
The symptoms will vary according to the constitution of the woman. In
some the change occurs by the discharge gradually diminishing in
quantity; in others, by the intervals between the periods being
lengthened. A woman may pass this period without having any more
unpleasant symptoms than an occasional rush of blood to the head, or a
headache. Others, however, may have very severe symptoms arise, which
will require the care of an intelligent physician. These disagreeable
sensations should receive a careful consideration and not be hushed up
with the reply that these complaints arise from the "change of life"
and will vanish whenever that change takes place. The foundation of
serious trouble may be laid which will make the remainder of her
existence a burden and cut short a life which might have been
conducted to a good old age. While this change is in progress, in
probably the majority of cases there is more or less disturbance of
the health. It is sometimes quite impossible to say exactly what is
the trouble with the patient, except that she is out of health. The
following are some of the symptoms which may arise: Headache,
dizziness, biliousness, sour stomach, indigestion, diarrhoea, piles,
costiveness, itching of the private parts, cramp and colic of the
bowels, palpitation of the heart, swelling of the limbs and abdomen,
pains in the back and loins, paleness and general weakness.
Eat and drink moderately; sleep in airy, well-ventilated rooms;
exercise daily in the open air, either by walking or riding; avoid
violent emotions; shun exposure to wet, stormy weather, wet feet, etc.
Keep the bowels regulated with the following:
Mercurial pill, one grain; ipecac powder, one-half grain; compound
rhubarb pill, three grains. Mix for a pill to be taken every night.
Or, one ounce of hicra picra, or powdered aloes with castella, mixed
in a pint of gin, which should stand for four or five days, after
which a tablespoonful in a glass of water may be taken every morning
or second morning, as the case may be.
If the patient is large and fleshy, of full habit, the following is
Sulphate of magnesia, one and one-half ounces; compound infusion of
roses, five ounces; cinnamon water, one ounce. Mix, Dose: Two
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