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The Thomsonian System Of Medicine | by R Swinburne Clymer



In compiling this work, I do not wish the reader to think that it is wholly the product of my brain, but rather wish it to be understood that I am acting in the capacity of compiler. I have taken many thoughts from such men as Dr. Thomson, the founder of the system, and from Drs. Comfort, Greer, Lyle and others, and have clothed them in a new dress so as to make one complete and harmonious whole, always standing by such things as I know to be absolute facts, and never allowing anything of a theoretical nature to enter. I have proven all things by my own extensive practice and know that what I give to the reader are facts.

TitleThe Thomsonian System Of Medicine
AuthorR Swinburne Clymer
PublisherThe Philosophical Publishing Co
Year1905
Copyright1905, The Philosophical Publishing Co
AmazonMedicines of Nature: The Thomsonian System
The Thomsonian System Of Medicine

The Thomsonian System Of Medicine

With complete rules for the treatment of Disease. Also a short Materia Medica.

Medicinae Thompsoniensis Collegium

R Swinburne Clymer, Ph. D., M. D, Former Supt. of the Health League Sanitarium, Inc. of New York City. Honorary Fellow of the Thompsonian Physio-Medical College of England, Diplomate in Osteopathy of the English School of Osteopathy, and Member of the Physio-Medical Board of Great Britian and Ireland, etc.

Published by The Philosophical Publishing Co. Allentown, Pa.

Searle & Dressler Printers & Binders Allentown, Pa.

-Preface
In compiling this work, I do not wish the reader to think that it is wholly the product of my brain, but rather wish it to be understood that I am acting in the capacity of compiler. I have taken many...
-Poisons As Medicines
It is, no doubt, a great thing always to get to the point in any case at which the disease really has what may be called the root of it. When we think of getting at such a point we find two very imp...
-Poisons As Medicines. Continued
Let us now follow out somewhat the light which we have acquired on our subject. Here is a patient who is helpless, because the Motor Nerves have been so disabled that he cannot move himself in any way...
-The Philosophy And Principles Of The Thompsonian System
1. Matter, in all its diversity of character, quality, form and combination, may be classed in two great divisions, namely: Organic and Inorganic Matter. 2. Organic Matter includes the two vast kingd...
-The Philosophy And Principles Of The Thompsonian System. Continued
22. Whatever will cleanse the stomach, restore the natural heat and produce perspiration, will also tend to restore digestion, assimilation, the secretions, and in fine, remove every derangement which...
-Rules To Be Followed In The Treatment Of Disease
1. Be careful to always keep the determining powers to the surface, by keeping the inward heat above the outward, or the fountain above the stream, and all will be safe. 2. It must be recollected tha...
-Rules To Be Followed In The Treatment Of Disease. Continued
16. In all cases of a burn, scald, or being frozen, wrap up the parts in cloths wet with cold water, often wetting them with the same to prevent their becoming dry, and be careful to give hot medicine...
-The Use Of Emetics In The Treatment Of Disease
Thomsonian emetics constitute the most effectual remedy employed in the treatment of disease. There is scarcely a form or variety of disease in which the use of emetics will not prove beneficial, and ...
-The Use Of Emetics In The Treatment Of Disease. Part 2
In whooping cough more benefit may be derived from the use of emetics than from any other remedy. In violent cases an emetic should be given daily, or even two or three times a day. In those cases whe...
-The Use Of Emetics In The Treatment Of Disease. Part 3
Emetics form an important part of the treatment for the cure of jaundice. Many cases of this form of disease were and are cured by the administration of a vapor bath and an emetic, the patient having ...
-Injections Or Clysters (The Internal Bath)
This manner of administering medicine is of the greatest importance to the sick; it will frequently give relief when all other applications fail. It is supposed that the use of them is of great antiqu...
-Steam Or Vapor Baths
Although the use of the vapor bath as a means of curing disease was employed many centuries back, still the principle upon which it operates in removing disease was not fully explained, nor its utilit...
-Directions For Preparing Remedies Used In A Course Of Medicine According To Dr. Thomson. No. 1. - Emetic Herb
1. The powdered leaves and pods. This is the most common form of using it; and from half to a tea-spoonful may be taken in warm water, sweetened; or the same quantity may be put into either of the oth...
-No. 2. - Cayenne Capsicu
This is a medicine of great value in the practice, and may be safely used in all cases of disease to raise and retain the internal vital heat of the system, cause a free perspiration, and keep the det...
-No. 3.- For Canker
Take bayberry root bark, white pond lily root, and the inner bark of hemlock, equal parts of each pounded and well mixed together; steep one ounce of the powder in a pint of boiling water, and give fo...
-No. 4. - Bitters
Take the Bitter Herb, or Balmony, Barberry and Poplar Bark, equal parts, pulverized, one ounce of the powder to a pint of hot water, and half a pint of spirit. For a dose, take half a wineglassful. Fo...
-No. 5. - Syrup
Take Poplar Bark and bark of the root of Bay-berry, one pound each, and boil them in two gallons of water; strain off and add seven pounds of good sugar; then scald and skim it, and add half a pound o...
-No. 6. - Rheumatic Drops
Take one gallon of good fourth-proof brandy, or any kind of high wines, one pound of gum myrrh, pounded fine, one ounce of No. 2, and put them into a stone jug, and boil it a few minutes in a kettle o...
-No. 7. - For Composition Powder
Take two pounds of the bayberry root bark, one pound of the inner bark of hemlock, one pound of ginger, two ounces of Capsicum, two ounces of cloves, all pounded fine, sifted through a fine sieve, and...
-No. 8. - Nerve Powder
American Valerian, or Ladies' Slipper; sometimes called Umbil, or Male and Female Nervine. There are four species of this valuable vegetable, one male and three female. The male is called Yellow Umbi...
-Thompsonian Materia Medica
I shall make mention only of the most important articles used in the Thomsonian or Physio Medical practice and give only such as are non-poisonous. The article will be described in the Thomsonian term...
-Emetic Herb. - Lobelia Inflata Linnaeus. (According To Thomson)
Says Thomson: In giving a description of this valuable herb, I shall be more particular, because it is the most important article made use of in this system of practice, without which it would be inc...
-Emetic Herb. - Lobelia Inflata Linnaeus. Part 2
After Dr. Cutler had given his testimony of the virtues of this herb, and the doctors having become convinced of its value, they come forward and say it is good medicine in skillful hands. Who, I woul...
-Emetic Herb. - Lobelia Inflata Linnaeus. Part 3
This plant is different in one very important particular from all others that I have a knowledge of, that the same quantity will produce the same effect in all stages of its growth, from its first app...
-Emetic Herb. - Lobelia Inflata Linnaeus. Part 4
In regard to the quantity to be given as a dose, it is a matter of less consequence than is generally imagined. The most important thing is to give enough to produce the desired effect. If too little ...
-Cayenne - Capsicum (According To Dr. Thomson)
This artice being so well known, it will be unnecessary to be very particular in describing it. It has been a long time used by being ground to powder, and a proportion of salt mixed with it; this des...
-Ginger - Zingiber
This universal agent is a most pleasant diffusive stimulant, and is excellent for chilliness, new colds, colic and disturbances of the circulation. It quickly sends the blood to the surface, and its p...
-Bayberry - Myrica Cerifera
This is a species of the myrtle, from which wax is obtained from the berries, and grows common in many parts of this country. It is a shrub growing from two to four feet high, and is easily known by t...
-White Pond Lily - The Root Nymphaea Odorata. Castalia Odorata
This is well known from the beautiful flower which it bears, opening only to the sun, and closing again at night. It grows in fresh-water ponds, and is common in all parts of this country where I have...
-Hemlock - Canadensis. Inner Bark (Dr. Thomson)
This is the common hemlock tree, and grows in all parts of New England. The best medicine is to peel the bark from the young tree, and shave the ross from the outside, and preserve only the inner bark...
-Marsh Rosemary - Statice Caroliniana (Dr. Thomson)
This article is very well known in all parts of this country, and has been made use of for canker and sore mouth. I have made use of it with bayberry bark as No. 3 in my practice for many years with g...
-Sumach - Rhus Glabra (Dr. Thomson)
This appears to be a new article in medicine, entirely unknown to the medical faculty, as no mention is made of it by any author. The first of my knowledge that it was good for canker was when at Onio...
-Witch-Hazel - Hamamelis Virginica (Dr. Thomson)
I found the use of this article as medicine when I was quite young, and have made much use of it in all my practice. It is too well known in the country to need any description; is a small tree or bus...
-Red Raspberry - Rubus Strigosus (Dr. Thomson)
This is an excellent article, and I believe was never made use of as medicine till discovered by me. When in Eastport, I had no article with me good for canker, and I resorted to my old rule of tastin...
-Squaw Weed - Senccio Obovarus (Dr. Thomson)
This is known in the country by the name of frostweed, or meadow scabish; it is a wild weed, and grows in wet land, by the sides of brooks; it has a stalk that grows four or five feet high, which is r...
-Bitter Herb, Or Balmony - Chelone Glabra (Dr. Thomson)
This herb grows in wet mowing land, by the side of brooks. It is about the size of mint, the leaves some larger; the stalk is four square. It bears a white blossom of singular form, resembling a snake...
-Poplar Bark - Populus Tremudoides (Dr. Thomson)
There are several species of the poplar tree that grow common in the country. One kind is called the white poplar, and another the stinking poplar. The barks of both these kinds are good for medicine...
-Barberry - Berberis Vulgaris
This is a house-yard shrub bearing bright red berries which are often used for preserving purposes. The bark is the portion that is used medicinally. Barberry bark is an intensely bitter stimulant, u...
-Bitter-Root, Or Wandering Milk-Weed Apocynum Androsaemifolium
This valuable vegetable grows in meadows and in hedges, and in appearance is something like buckwheat, having similar white blossoms ; when the stalk is broken it discharges a milky substance; it has ...
-Golden Seal - Hydrastis Canadensis (Dr. Lyle)
This root is the king of tonics to the mucous membrane. It is a mild, positive and permanent stimulating tonic. Its influence, though primarily given to the mucous membrane, extends to all parts of th...
-Peach Meats (Dr. Thomson)
The meats that are in the peach stones have long been used as medicine, and need but little to be said about them, except that they are of great value to strengthen the stomach and bowels, and restore...
-Cherry Stones (Dr. Thomson)
The meats of the Wild Cherry stones are very good, and may be used instead of the peach meats, when they cannot be had. Get the stones as clean as possible, and when well dried, pound them in a mortar...
-Spearmint - Mentha Viridis (Dr. Thomson)
This is a well-known herb, and makes a very pleasant tea, which may be freely used in sickness. The most valuable property it possesses is to stop vomiting. If the Emetic Herb or any other cause shoul...
-Peppermint - Mentha Piperita
This article is very hot in its nature, and may be used to advantage to promote perspiration and overpower the cold. I have frequently used it for that purpose with success, but it is volatile, and wi...
-Pennyroyal - Hedeoma Pulegoides (Dr. Thomson)
This herb grows common in all parts of the country, and is too well known to need any description. It is an article of great value in medicine, and a tea of it may be freely used in all cases of sickn...
-Pennyroyal (Dr. Lyle)
The herb is an aromatic, stimulating, and relaxing diaphoretic. It is warming to the stomach and sustaining to the capillary circulation. In hot infusion it is a popular agent for the breaking up of c...
-Horehound - Marrubium Vulgare
This plant grows common in this country, and is made much account of in removing cough. An infusion made of the leaves, sweetened with honey, is good for the asthma, and all complaints of the lungs. T...
-Elecampane - Inula Helenium
The root of this plant made into a syrup is good for cough and should be added to cough syrups that are used in chronic coughs. It is better suited in chronic complaints than in the acute coughs. It i...
-Mayweed - Anthemis Cotula (Dr. Thomson)
A hot infusion made of the flowers and stems of this herb, to be drank hot on going to bed, is very good for a cold, and in slight attacks of fever if used freely, and a hot stone or water bottle put ...
-Wormwood - Artemisia Absinthinm (Absinthee)
This herb is a very wholesome bitters, and may be taken to advantage in different ways. It is of a hot nature, and is good for the stomach to create an appetite and assist the digestion. If the stomac...
-Chamomile - Anthemis Nobilis
Garden Chamomile has maintained a valuable reputation for many hundreds of years, and its usefulness is fully recognized. In character it is a soothing nervine, and a mild stomach tonic, to be used wh...
-Bitter-Sweet - Solanum Dulcamara
This is often called staff vine and also bitter-sweet. It is a climbing vine, bearing orange-colored, three-cornered berries. The root is long and also orange-colored ; the bark of the root is the med...
-Tansy - Tanacetum Vulgare
This is a hot, bitter herb, grows common in highways, and is cultivated in gardens. A tea made of this herb is good for hysterics and other female complaints ; it will strengthen those that have weak ...
-Mullein. - Verbascum Thapsus
This plant, sometimes spoken of as the American Velvet-leaf, grows abundantly throughout the country, and its leaves can be easily dried and preserved. They will be found most serviceable in many cond...
-Burdock - Arctium Lappa (Lappa Major)
The leaves of this plant, wilted by the fire and applied to an external injury, will allay the inflammation and ease pain, and they are good pounded and put on a bruise or sprain, as they will immedia...
-Skunk Cabbage - Symplocarpus Foetidus
The vegetable grows common in all parts of New England. It has large leaves something resembling cabbage, from which, and its disagreeable smell, it takes its name; it may be found in the meadows and ...
-Wake-Robin (Dr. Thomson)
This plant grows wild in this country. It has three triangular leaves. From between them it puts forth a naked stalk, on the top of which is a singular stem or pistil, enclosed in a sheath, resembling...
-Thorough-Wort, Boneset - Euparorium Perfoliatum (Dr. Thomson)
This herb is well known in the country, and is made use of by the people in tea for many complaints. It is of a warming nature, and is good for cough and other complaints of the lungs. Eupatorium Per...
-Featherfew (Dr. Thomson.) (1). Feverfew - Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Dr. Lyle.) (2)
This herb is stimulating and is good for hysteric complaints, and many other disorders common to females. It promotes the passage of urine, and removes obstructions in those parts. (1) This plant res...
-Clivers (Dr. Thomson.). Cleavers - Galium Aparine (Dr. Greer)
This is the common trailing plant generally known as goose grass or bed-straw. It grows wild in fields near the woods and is very abundant. Medically, the green herb may be used as well as the dried; ...
-Evan Root (Dr. Thomson.). Evan Root - Geum Rivale (Dr. Comfort.). Water Avens, Avens - Geum Rivale And Virginarum (Dr. Lyle)
This plant is peculiar to low marshy ground, and has received a variety of names, such as chocolate root, water avens, throat root, purple avens, etc. The root is a pleasant, mild, soothing, tonic as...
-Slippery Elm Bark - Ulmus Fulva
The inner bark of this tree is an article of much value, and may be used to advantage in many different ways. There are several species of the elm that grow common in this country, and there are two k...
-Balsam Fir - Abies Balsamea
This balsam is obtained from a tree known in all parts of the country; it is taken from small blisters which form in the bark. It is of a very healing nature, and is good to remove internal soreness. ...
-Gentian - Gentiana Lutea
This root grows wild in this country, and is found plentifully in Vermont. It was formerly collected for exportation, and large quantities of it were sent to China, where it was greatly valued. At th...
-Butternut - Juglans Cinerea. (Dr. Thomson)
This tree grows common in this country, and is well known from the nut which it bears, of an oblong shape and nearly as large as an egg, in which is a meat containing much oil, and very good to eat. T...
-Butternut - Juglans Cinerea (Dr. Greer)
The inner bark of the white walnut tree has an important place in the Materia Medica. Its principal use is as a physic, and in that respect it is exceedingly valuable on account of its mild action and...
-Juglans Cinerea (Dr. Lyle)
The inner bark of the root is more active than that of the trunk, but both are used. It yields its properties to boiling water, except its astringency, which property is yielded when alcohol is the me...
-Virginia Snakeroot - Aristolochia Serpentaria (Dr. Thomson)
This is a well known article, grows wild, and may be found in most parts of the country. It is of a hot nature, and is made much use of in tea for measles and other eruptions to keep the disorder out,...
-Mustard - Sinapsis, Also Sinapsis Alba And Nigra
Ordinary mustard has long been employed as a plaster wherever it is desirable to quickly draw the circulation outward or away from the head or other congested portions of the body. For such purposes o...
-Balm Of Gilead - Populus Balsamifera
The fragrant brown buds of the balsam poplar tree are by many highly prized as a remedial agent, their medicinal properties being due to their fragrant resinous constituents. Balm of Gilead is classe...
-Blue And White Vervine (Dr. Thomson.). Vervain - Verbena Hastata. (Dr. Greer.). Blue Vervain - Verbena Hastata. (Dr. Lyle)
This is a well-known herb, growing very common; it ranks next to the Emetic Herb for an Emetic, and may be used for that purpose either alone or combined with Thoroughwort. It is good to prevent a fev...
-Pipsisway, Or Rheumatic Weed (Dr. Thomson.). Pipsissewa - Prince's Pine - Chimaphila. (Dr. Greer.). Pipsissewa - Chimaphilla Umbellata. (Dr. Lyle)
This herb grows on mountains, and on pine plains where the Boxberry or Checkerberry is found. It is an evergreen, and grows from three to six inches high, has a number of dark green leaves about half ...
-Golden-Rod - Solidago Canadensis
This herb may be found common on pine plains in hedges; it grows about two or three feet high, has long, narrow leaf, very smooth and glossy, and a large cluster of yellow blossoms; it has a sweet, sp...
-Yellow-Dock - Rumex Crispus
The root of this plant is well known as being made into ointment for the itch. The roots should be bruised fine in a mortar and put into a basin; add enough cream to make an ointment, keep it warm for...
-Prickly Ash - Xanthoxylum Fraxineum (Drs. Thomson, Greer And Lyle)
This is a shrub or bush that grows in the Western country, and is well known by the people there. It grows from eight to twelve feet high, and bears a berry that grows close to the limbs; it has leave...
-Bitter Thistle (Dr. Thomson)
This herb is a species of the thistle, and is cultivated in gardens. It is of one year's growth, the seed being sown in the spring, and it comes to maturity in the fall. The stalk has a number of bran...
-Archangel - Archangelica Officinalis
This herb grows wild in wet land, and may be often found among the grass, and at the edges of plough fields. It grows from four to twelve inches high; the leaves are rather smaller than mint leaves; i...
-Dewberry - Rubus Procumbeus (Dr. Comfort)
The root of the Dewberry, and also that of the blackberry plant, may be used as a substitute for Bayberry, or Sumac, in dysentery and in bowel complaints in general. Dose, same as the Bayberry. The D...
-Crow-Foot - Crane's Bill - Geranium Maculatum (Dr. Comfort.). Crane's Bill. - Geranium Maculatum (Dr. Lyle)
This plant may be found in many sections of this country. The root possesses actively astringent qualities. A decoction of this root has been used by injection with benefit in long standing venereal d...
-Peruvian Bark - Cinchona Officinalis (Dr. Comfort)
The genuine Peruvian bark is one of the most effective tonics ever employed for the cure of intermitting fever or ague. It may be used as a general tonic in all cases where the use of this class of me...
-American Centaury - ' Sabbatia Angularis (Dr. Comfort.). Centuary.- Chironia Angularis
Of the Centuary we have the above species, which is not inferior to the European. It is a beautiful annual plant, growing abundantly in the Middle and Southern States, and every part of it is medicina...
-Myrrh - Balsamodendron Myrrha
This is one of the most valuable remedies in the whole materia medica. It is usually spoken of as gum myrrh, although it contains little gum, chiefly resin. In whatever form it is used myrrh will be f...
-Cactus - Cereus Grandiflorus. Night-Blooming Cereus (Cactus Grandiflorus.) (Cactus Mexicanus.) (Dr. Lyle)
The flowers and stems applied locally are non-irritants. Internally it accelerates the pulse, increases its fulness, elevates arterial tension and is truly a stimulating cardiac tonic. It is also stim...
-Therapeusis
Sorbilin is a chemical compound, having as its base the active principles of Paullinia Sorbilis. Physical Properties. - It occurs as a very fine, white, odorless, crystalline powder, either as such o...
-Pleurisy Root - Asclepsis Tuberosa
This is frequently known as butterfly weed, or white root, and is that species of milk-weed of a shrubbery growth bearing orange-colored flowers. It is a valuable medicinal agent, best administered as...
-Olive Oil - Oleum Olivae
Olive Oil is such a wonderful thing for those who are looking for health. No home should be without it. Nearly everyone can be benefited by taking two or three teaspoonfuls a day. The Physio-Medical ...
-The Physio-Medical Or Thomsonian System
After much experience, a thorough investigation and examination of all the principle systems of medical practice, Prof. Curtis, a graduate of literature, and of a regular allopathic medical college, a...
-Some Remedies And Their Reliability
The Physio-Medical school commends the use of heat and moisture, bland diffusive stimulants, innocent astringents, of the character that may be taken in perfect health, in all the ways and to the exte...
-An Astonishing Fact
It is wonderful, a most astounding fact, that such a man as Samuel Thomson should have prescribed a hundred different remedies for disease (many of which had never before been used), and yet among the...
-An Objection Answered
The simplicity of the Physio-Medical practice has been considered an objection to its universal application and efficiency. It is rather a recommendation. 1st. The beauty and excellence of all scienc...
-Some Vital Points To Remember
Remember it is impossible to perform a surgical operation of any magnitude without producing several injurious effects, each one of which argues against operations as a means of cure. 1. The amount o...
-Consider For A Moment The Contrast
If, instead of fear, you substitute hope; if, instead of pain, you give ease and comfort; if, instead of benumbing and deadening the sensatory nerves with a poison, you stimulate and strengthen with a...
-The Magnetic Oxygen-Ozone Producer
After much research and experimenting we have produced the greatest apparatus for the healing and curing of the sick extant, Why do we say the greatest? 1st. Because we are able to give to the sick an...
-Wonderful Appliance For Relief And Cure Of Afflicted At Clymer Medical Institute
The Doctor Clymer Medical Institute, at 205 North Sixth Street, has been equipped with the finest electro-medical machine ever made, pronounced by all who have seen it as the greatest discovery of...









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