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 for a dose a common wineglassful, sweetened.
When the violence of the disease requires a course of medicine, steep one ounce of the above-mentioned powder, No. 3, in a pint of boiling water, strain off a wineglassful while hot, and add a teaspoonful of No. 2, and the same quantity of sugar; when cool enough to take, add a teaspoonful of No. 1, and half that quantity of nerve powder. Let this dose be given three times, at intervals of fifteen minutes, and let the same compound be given by injection, and if the case requires it, repeat it. If mortification is apprehended, a teaspoonful of No. 6 may be added to each dose, and to the injection.
After the patient has recovered sufficiently from the operation of the medicine, which is usually in two or three hours, place him in a steam bath as directed in another part of this work.
This operation is sufficient for one time, and must be repeated each day, or every other day, as the circumstances of the case may require, till the disorder is removed. Three times will generally be sufficient, and sometimes once or twice will answer the purpose, but in bad chronic cases it may be necessary to continue to carry them through a regular course two or three times a week, for a considerable length of time.
Great care must be taken to keep up an internal heat, so as to produce perspiration, after they have been through the operation, by giving occasionally No. 2, or the composition powder, for if this is not attended to, the patient will have a relapse, in which case it will be very difficult to raise the heat again, as they will fall as much below a natural heat as they have been raised above it by artificial means.
During the operation give milk porridge, or gruel, well seasoned, with a little powdered Capsicum in it, and after it is over, the patients may eat any kind of nourishing food that the appetite may crave.
A teacupful of the tea of No. 3 should be taken night and morning to prevent a relapse of the disease, and during the day drink frequently of a tea made of poplar bark, and if costive, use the bitter root.
As soon as the disorder is removed, use the bitters, No. 4, to correct the bile and restore the digestion; and half a wineglassful of the syrup, No. 5, may be taken two or three times a day, which will strengthen the stomach and assist in regulating the digestive powers.
The foregoing directions are calculated for the more violent attacks of disease, and such as have become settled, but those of a less violent nature must be treated according to circumstances. In the first stage of a disease, it may be most generally thrown off by a dose of the No. 1 Emetic Herb, with No. 2 to raise a free perspiration, followed by a tea of No. 3, to remove the canker, and the bitters or a tea of poplar bark to regulate the digestion. For a sudden cold, take a dose of the composition powder on going to bed, and put a hot stone, wrapped in wet cloths, at the feet, which will in most cases remove the complaint; but if these applications do not answer the purpose, the patient should be carried through a regular course as soon as possible. Steaming is safe and will always do good, and the injections must not be neglected, particularly where the bowels are disordered. In consumption, and all old, lingering complaints, give the composition powder for two or three days before going through a regular course.