This section is from the book "The Home Hand-Book of Domestic Hygiene and Rational Medicine. Volume 2.", by J. H. Kellogg, M.D.. Also available from Amazon: The Home Hand-Book of Domestic Hygiene and Rational Medicine, Volume 2.
When the attack is occasioned by indigestion, and there is undigested food in the stomach, give the patient an emetic of warm water at once. Small bits of ice swallowed, or a cup of strong coffee, will often give relief. Give the patient plenty of fresh air, but be careful to avoid chilling. A remedy very successful in many cases is the hot sitz bath accompanied by fomentations to the chest and cold applications to the spine. Electricity is also a very useful agent. In some cases, we have obtained relief by the use of this agent when all others failed. A remedy very strongly recommended by a physician who is himself a sufferer from asthma is the following: Breathe out slowly and wait after the lungs are emptied as long as possible; then fill the lungs and hold the breath as long as possible. Repeat the process several times. Nitre paper, made by soaking blotting-paper in a solution of saltpeter and drying, when burned, gives off fumes, the inhalation of which gives almost magical relief. The most effective of all measures of treatment, however, is the inhalation of compressed air and exhalation into rarefied air by means of a pneumatic apparatus. The most of these measures are simply palliative. In order to cure the disease, the real cause must be ascertained and removed. Every attention must be given to the general health and to the special morbid conditions which may be suspected of being a cause of the difficulty. The patient must avoid all the known exciting causes. A pure, dry atmosphere should be sought; but the same climate is not best for all patients. Wind, dampness, dust, and smoke must be sedulously avoided. Fomentations over the liver two or three times a week, the moist abdominal bandage, worn nights, and sufficient eliminative treatment to secure activity of the skin, such as packs, Turkish, or hot-air, baths, etc., are measures which we have found of real value in the treatment of a good many cases of this disease.