The same remedies will not affect all persons. One or two figs eaten fasting is sufficient for some, and they are especially good in the case of children, as there is no trouble in getting them to take them. A spoon of wheaten bran in a glass of water is a simple remedy and quite effective. One or two tumblers of hot water will move almost every one, but is difficult to take. In chronic cases a faithful manipulation and moving of bowels and limbs with gentle rotary movement with the open palm, and giving all natural motions to the parts, with proper diet, will almost invariably secure the desired result. It has been known to cure a case of life-long habit, where inherited, too, and although it involves patience and perseverance, it is certainly better than to suffer the ills that result from so many patent medicines and quack nostrums. "An ounce of prevention is "worth a pound of cure," and regularity of habit in this matter is the great thing to be impressed on people generally.
Or, three tea-cups each of coarse, clean wheat-bran and sifted flour, one leaping measure each of Horsford's bread preparation (soda and acid), seven teaspoons good butter and one of salt. Mix with cold sweet milk; roll third of an inch thick, cut with a biscuit cutter and bake thoroughly in a moderate oven; or, pour hot water on one table-spoon flax seed, pour off and at once add three or four table-spoons of cold water, and drink. This is perfectly harmless and may be taken once, twice, or thrice a day if necessary; or, a teaspoon black mustard-seed taken every morning; or a glass of cold water taken at night and first thing in the morning.