In the treatment of this disease, attention to hygiene and the application of what are by some termed "hygienic remedies," are of first importance. Indeed, it is by these agents that nature is aided in her restorative work more than by any others, and upon these the most skillful and successful of those who have given great attention to the treatment of the functional diseases of the stomach find it safest to rely. Undoubtedly there are cases and circumstances which may be benefited, and the work of cure hastened, by the employment of medical agents; nevertheless we feel quite confident that the abuse of drugs is so very great, and has been the direct cause of so many bad cases of confirmed dyspepsia, that it would be far better to do without them altogether than to use them as they are not infrequently employed. An eminent writer on this subject, in referring to the treatment of dyspepsia says, "My main object in the treatment is to prevent the sufferers from resorting to drugs, which, in such cases, not only produce their own morbid conditions, but also confirm those already existing."

The extensive and often habitual use of alkalies for acidity, of purgatives for constipation, nervines and opiates for sleeplessness, and after-dinner pills to goad into action the lagging stomach, has been a potent factor in the production of a large class of most inveterate dyspepsias. This kind of treatment for dyspepsia cannot be too much deplored, nor too often discouraged. Especially to be discountenanced is the wholesale employment of "liver pills," "stomach tonics," "anti-bilious pills," "bitters," and the whole genus of quack nostrums and proprietary drugs.