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 taken freely of composition and compound Lobelia a few days preceding the bath and emetic. Cases that are deeply seated will require, as do other forms of seated disease, a repetition of courses of medicine, together with the appropriate intermediate treatment.
Persons laboring under the poisonous effects of mercury will experience benefit from the use of the vapor baths and emetics.
Torpor of the liver, which attends jaundice and bilious fever, has frequently been removed, and the functions of this important organ restored through the influence of vapor baths, and active emetics. To restore the natural temperature of the blood and impart elecricity to it, by the steam bath; to relax the system with Lobelia; together with the influence of straining efforts to vomit constitutes the most effectual means of relieving congestion of the liver, and of restoring its functions. Lobelia administered by injection, and retained, exerts the same beneficial influence upon the system as when taken into the stomach. Many patients will not admit that anything be given them to cause vomiting as they labor under the impression that a medicine that causes vomiting or sickening of the stomach is not indicated in their case and the physician will therefore bear in mind, that when he has to deal with this class of people, he can give the Lobelia by injection and that it will help the same, in most cases, as though it had been given per orum.
Whenever the system experiences a severe shock, as by falling from a height, a violent blow, or by a severe burn or scald, digestion will be suspended, and if the accident should happen soon after, or within an hour or two after the patient has taken a hearty meal, the stomach should be evacuated by an active emetic. This may save the patient a great deal of suffering and materially lessen the danger of the injury.
Thomsonian emetics may be employed with perfect safety during every stage of pregnancy; and most of the derangements of the system consequent upon that state, such as a feeling of fullness, dizziness, or violent pain in the head; pain and distress in the back and loins; extreme sickness; water brash; and distress at the stomach, may be relieved and frequently entirely removed, for a time at least, by an active Lobelia emetic preceded by the use of an enema, and a vapor bath. Women can be carried through from three to nine Thomsonian courses of medicine during the last two weeks preceding their confinement, invariably deriving benefit, and generally complete relief from distress, by their operation. A full course of medicine administered just before confinement is incomparably the best plan of treatment that has ever been adopted for insuring an easy and safe labor.
Child-bed fever, convulsions, and other forms of disease which sometimes come on after confinement, doubtless in the great majority of instances may be prevented, or at least the system be placed in a far better condition to resist the influence of the usual exciting cause of disease, by a course of medicine administered in the first stage of pregnancy.
The condition of the stomach excites a controlling influence over local diseases, such as painful swellings in every part of the body, swelled breast, and swellings in the groin, neuralgia, local inflammation, gout, disease of the kidneys, carbuncle, affections of the spine, abscesses, etc. In the early stage painful swellings can be brought to a crisis and dispersed without suppuration taking place, by administering vapor baths and emetics, together with a proper use of injections to assist the action of the bowels.
Just so much as the stomach is disordered will local disease become generally more difficult to cure. I have known indolent ulcers of several years standing to be healed in a few weeks, chiefly by improving the condition of the system generally and more particularly that of the stomach, by Thomsonian courses of medicine, of which the emetic constitutes undoubtedly the most important part of the treatment.
Even when the seat of disease is located principally in the brain, emetics may be given with great advantage in many cases. This is because the brain is really the station of the nervous system and whatever affects the nervous system, even in a small way, will most directly affect the brain. Lobelia has its greatest influence on the nervous system and consequently, its effects on the brain are just as great as on any part of the nervous system.
If a person be injured on the head or any part of the body, and the accident occurs soon after the patient has taken a hearty meal, a prompt emetic should be given, or the patient be made to vomit freely by some means. If this is neglected the stomach will be oppressed by a mass of undigested food, aggravating the symptoms, and causing the patient much suffering.
When any substance is lodged in the throat, means should at once be taken to cause vomiting. Where this cannot be effected by running a finger into the throat, an emetic of Lobelia should be given. If the patient cannot swallow an emetic, vomiting may be effected by administering one or two teaspoonfuls of Lobelia powder in warm water by injection, and retain it in the bowels. Besides producing vomiting this treatment will relax the system and thus tend to overcome the rigidity of the parts in which the foreign substance is lodged, and lessening the difficulty of its being removed.
Finally, in disease, the stomach is more or less coated with thickened tenacious secretions, for the removal of which there is no remedy so effectual as a Lobelia emetic given in combination with Capsicum and a strong decoction of Bayberry or Sumac.
The stomach possesses a very low degree of sensibility, so that its functions may be greatly depressed or disordered without the patient experiencing any symptoms of disease, except in parts remote from the stomach. One who is subject to a weakness in any part of the spine will experience an increase of the disease by the stomach becoming more disordered than usual. In many instances disease of the spine has been cured by the use of the vapor bath and emetics.
Eruptions of the skin, such as scald hand, nettle-rash, and tetter, are occasioned in general by derangement of the digestive functions and these eruptions may frequently be more effectually cured by emetics than by any external applications.
Only enough Lobelia should be given to cause the patient to vomit and immediately after that, Capsicum should be given in grain doses. It is also well to give a few grains of Capsicum with the Lobelia as this will keep up the strength and heat of the patient. If injection of Lobelia is given, a few grains of Capsicum should also be added to that.