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.
M. Bauchardot of Paris, an eminent French physician, states that hygienic treatment is essential to success in the management of cases of this disease. All the habits of the patient should be regulated strictly in accordance with the laws of hygiene. Exercise should be taken regularly and to as great an extent as admissible from the strength of the patient. Warm clothing should be worn and great care should be taken to prevent chilliness. The diet should be simple and wholesome. Stimulating condiments of all sorts should be carefully avoided. Fruits and grains constitute the best diet for patients suffering with this, disease. Nearly all fruits, grains, and vegetables may be eaten without injury with the exception of tomatoes, which should be avoided. The use of asparagus and beans should also be interdicted when pain in the region of the kidneys or a deposit in the urine is observed after eating them. Tea, coffee, chocolate, alcoholic beverages, and all other stimulating drinks, must be wholly discarded. Fluids should be taken in as limited quantities as possible to avoid too great suffering on the part of the patient. Iced-water, ices, and all cold drinks, should be discarded. It is better to take fluids warm in this disease, as by this means the action of the skin will be encouraged and that of the kidneys lessened. Hot lemonade taken with very little sugar is an excellent means of allaying the very severe thirst present in this disease. Such remedial measures should be employed as will induce energetic action of the skin. For this purpose a sponge bath followed by vigorous rubbing, or the rubbing wet-sheet, should be taken daily. In severe cases, a pack, the Turkish, hot-air, or vapor bath should be taken once or twice a week, and may be employed even oftener than this if the patient is under careful medical supervision and is wholly devoted to treatment. Dr. Gurltzv an eminent German physician, highly recommends the use of galvanism applied to the spine and especially to the region of the kidneys. Sun-baths, friction of the surface of the skin with the dry hand, a woolen cloth, or soft flesh-brush, and all other means for increasing the activity of the skin and thus lessening the work imposed upon the kidneys, should, be employed.