This section is from the book "The Lady's Assistant: Family Physician", by P. Davey and B. Law.
This disorder, when obstinate, is generally owing to spasms in the guts, and is a usual symptom of convulsions, and the falling sickness. It creates wind, makes the excrements appear in little buttons like sheep's dung, and other bad consequences, especially in those that are hysteric or hypochondriac. When it is constitutional, it may be borne a long time without danger. Common costiveness may be Cured by purging mineral waters, purging salts, an ounce of Epsom salt, half an ounce of vitriolated tartar, or any other neutral salt and lenitive electuary. When the hardness of the excrements is the cause, eat ripe summer fruit, or scalded apples, or throw up a clyster made with half an ounce of soft soap, dissolved in half a pint of warm water.