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The Indian Household Medicine Guide | by J. I. Lighthall



The design of this work is to profit the many thousand persons that are suffering from chronic diseases. I presume that every man, woman and child, farmer, mechanic and day laborer, as well as professional men, have a right to acquire all the knowledge it is in their power to grasp. This book is calculated for the many that are not able to obtain the important and essential medical knowledge that is necessary for the perpetuation of health, longevity, wealth, and happiness, by purchasing the regular medical text books of our classical colleges, as well as those who live in the palace and take pleasure in the barouche and phaeton...

TitleThe Indian Household Medicine Guide
AuthorJ. I. Lighthall
PublisherJ. I. Lighthall
Year1883
Copyright1883, J. I. Lighthall
AmazonThe Indian Household Medicine Guide


THE INDIAN HOUSEHOLD MEDICINE GUIDE

Second Edition

By J. I. LIGHTHALL

The Great Indian Medicine Man

PEORIA, ILL.

1883

-Preface
The design of this work is to profit the many thousand persons that are suffering from chronic diseases. I presume that every man, woman and child, farmer, ...
-Sketch Of J. I. Lighthall's Life.
J. I. Lighthall was born the 19th of January, in the year 1856, in Indiantown, or Tiskilwa, Bureau County, Illinois, where he received instructions, morally ...
-Anatomy
Human anatomy describes the organization and construction of the human body, and how it is put together: how the bones are held together by ligaments, ...
-Anatomy. Continued
The second section of the bowels, or that part which follows the duodenum, or the first section of the small bowels, is called the jejunum. The third section, ...
-Physiology and Hygiene
Physiology treats of the functions or actions, or in other words, the work the healthy organs of our bodies perform. In these remarks I can give you a few of ...
-Physiology and Hygiene. Continued
The sympathetic nervous system, or sympathetic nerves, link the body together in harmonious action. It guards one part of the system from acting detrimentally ...
-Digestion
Digestion is one of the most important features or functions that is performed in our physical organization, from the fact that we receive our support from it, ...
-Climate
The Indians are constantly changing their degree of latitude in their hunting tours, drinking different waters, and viewing different scenery, and constantly ...
-Why Medicines are better in a Powdered Form
I extend to the public my medicines in a powdered form, and I will give you my reasons for so doing. I make my medicines from the fresh inner barks of trees, ...
-An Indian Poem
We first came to this glorious land A free and happy little band; Tradition says we crossed the strait That joins two oceans large and great. This link is ...
-Medicine
Medicine, in its common acceptation in the minds of the people, is a substance that cures diseases, but the truth of the matter is, medicine never cured ...
-Hydrastis Canadensis - Golden Seal. Orange Root. Yellow
Root. These are the various names that are ascribed to this plant by botanists, by medical men, and by those who are familiar with the plant or herb. It is ...
-Gentiana - Gentian
The root is the medical part, and upon chewing it gives a very bitter taste. It is a plant that grows in the mountains of the oriental countries. The crushed ...
-Arum Triphyllum - Indian Turnip
This is a very valuable remedy for hoarseness and loss of voice, and wherever there is a burning sensation and constriction of the throat, and when there is a ...
-Cassia Acutifolia - Senna
Senna is a medicine that has been in use over a thousand years. It is a safe, harmless, and efficient remedy, and no physician should be without it in his ...
-Populus Tremuloides - Poplar
This is a very valuable remedy, and should be used more than it is, and would be if everybody knew of its valuable properties. It is a plant common to this ...
-Macrotys Racemosa - Black Cohosh. Rattle Root.
Rattle Root is one of the finest remedies known in the Indian and Eclectic practice. Its medical powers and actions on the human system are simply wonderful. I ...
-Xanthoxylum Fraxineum - Prickly Ash
This is a shrub that is in many parts of the United States. It grows to the height of 10 or 12 feet, and has little short thorns on its twigs like those on the ...
-Tanacetum Vulgare - Tansy
Tansy is what we might term a garden herb, and a very useful one as a medicine. To get it when it has its full strength it should be gathered in the months of ...
-Symplocarpus Foetidus - Skunk Cabbage
This is a plant that may be known in particular by its smell, resembling a disturbed skunk. It is a very common plant, and should have more special medical ...
-Althea Officinalis - Marsh Mallow
This plant grows in France, Germany, and some parts of the United States. It is commonly found in marshy places, and in the region of country where salt ...
-August Flower
This is a weed that usually grows along creeks, and in sandy and rocky places. It has a yellow flower that blooms in the month of August , and the leaves and ...
-Quercus Alba - White Oak
There is no tree better known than the White Oak, nor is there a tree more useful to mankind. It grows in all parts of the United States. There are three kinds ...
-Verbascum Thapsus - Mullein
This is a very common plant, growing almost everywhere. The leaves and tops are the medicinal parts, and it is best used in form of a hot tea or syrup. Medical ...
-Petroselinum Sativum - Parsley
This is a garden plant, and the tops are used in cooking and flavoring different dishes, especially soups and dressing. The root is a splendid cooling diuretic, ...
-Podophyllin - May Apple
This plant grows in little armies, and bears a little yellow apple, called a May apple. The root has a powerful medical property called podophyllin. It was ...
-Hedeoma Pulegioides - Pennyroyal
This is a little weed or plant that many are very familiar with. It grows in patches in woodlands in various parts of the United States. It is usually found ...
-Tarxacum Dens Leonis - Dandelion
This is a plant that should never be dried, from the fact that authors have told us, and we know by experience, that it loses its medical properties when dried, ...
-Nepeta Cataria - Catnip
This is a very common plant, and useful in its place. It is good for colds and hoarseness. It acts on the skin, and therefore is a diaphoretic. It should be ...
-Phytolacca Decandra - Poke Root
Poke Root, like dandelion, will lost its virtue in drying. The dried root is inert and void of its original medicinal properties. Poke Root is a plant that ...
-Verbena Hastata - Vervain
This is a very valuable plant. The root is the part we use in medicine. It should be dug in July or August. Medical properties and uses. -- Vervain is a fine ...
-Ulmus Fulva - Slippery Elm
The inner bark is the part used, and every man, woman and child knows how to use it, and knows that it is good. Medical properties and uses. -- It is one of ...
-Piper Nigrum - Black Pepper
Black Pepper is used in cooking by everyone, and it is a remedy I value very much as a safe, certain and reliable gastric stimulant. I know of no remedy more ...
-Humulus Lupulus - Hops
This is a plant that grows in the shape of a vine both in Europe and in the United States, along the hedges and old stumps and walls, and is cultivated and ...
-Trifolium Pratense - Red Clover
I shall speak briefly on this valuable plant. Its medical properties, so far as my experience has gone, and the knowledge I have obtained from various authors, ...
-Pulsatilla Pratensis - Pulsatilla
This is a very important remedy. It is one of the finest remedies for nervous excitability that we have. It is good for many other diseases, and should only be ...
-Viburnum Prunifolium - Black Haw
This has one powerful influence, and that is to counteract abortion or miscarriage.
-Euonymus Atropurpureus - Wahoo
Wahoo improves digestion and should be used in combination with other bitter tonics, such as gentian, golden seal, etc. It is an anti-periodic, and is very ...
-Stramonium - Jamestown Weed, or Jimson
This is a highly important remedy, and every doctor has use for it. If it were an article that cost as much as quinine everybody would think more of it, but, ...
-Solanum Dulcamara - Bitter Sweet
This is a woody vine that grows throughout the United States and also in the eastern world. The parts used in medicine are the roots and twigs, which should be ...
-Ptelea Trifoliata - Water Ash
This is a shrub that grows from 8 to 12 feet high in various parts of the United States, and is called by some swamp dogwood, and occupies an honored place in ...
-Silphium Perfoliatum - Indian Cul Plant
This plant is found growing in rich soil or spots in the western states. The flower it bears is of a rich yellow color, and many in number, blooming or ...
-Sambucus Canadensis - Elder
This is a shrub that I termed in my boyhood days a curse to the farmer and his fences. It flowers in myriads of little flowers, in a grand cluster, in the ...
-Salix Alba - Willow
The bark is the part we use. It is a good tonic, and will counteract periodicity in many mild cases. I have often broke chills when recently contracted, by ...
-Panax Quinquefolium - Ginseng
This is a well known plant, but has no important or valuable medical properties, and is gathered principally for the eastern trade. It is a very feeble tonic, ...
-Hamamelis Virginica - Witch-Hazel
Witch-hazel grows in many parts of the United States. The leaves and bark are the parts that are employed for medical purposes. Medical properties and uses. -- ...
-Viburnum Opulus - Cramp Bark. High Branberry
This is a very valuable remedy in its place. I have used it in hundreds of cases with happy results, and, in fact, in my practice I would be at a loss without ...
-Antemaria Margitaceum - White Plantain
This is said to be an anodyne and astringent, and useful in lung fevers. I have used it with marked benefit as a poultice on old sores, and dogday sores on ...
-Plantago Major - Plantain
This is a plant that grows in rich soil, and is common to many yards, and would be used more if its properties were known to everybody. Medical properties and ...
-Anthemia Nobilis - Chamomile
Medical properties and uses. -- The hot tea of the chamomile flowers is good for wind colic and cramps of the stomach, or cramping pains during painful ...
-Nymphea Odorata - White Pond Lily
Medical properties and uses. -- The root contains tannin, therefore is an astringent. A tea made of the root is a good remedy for diarrhoea. The cold tea forms ...
-Fraxinum Acuminata - White Ash
Medical properties and uses. -- The bark and leaves are the parts used for medicine. A tea made from the leaves and drank freely has been found very good for ...
-Artemisia Absenthium - Wormwood
I shall simply speak of its most important medical property, and that is, its power of destroying worms. I value it above all remedies that are noted for the ...
-Achillea Millefolium - Yarrow
I shall speak but briefly on this agent, although a very good one. Medical properties and uses. -- It is a diuretic, acting mildly and kindly on the kidneys, ...
-Acid (Vinegar)
This is an excitant of the spittal glands of the mouth, causing the saliva to flow freely when smelled or taken in the mouth. In proper quantities it is good ...
-Marrubium Vulgare - Hoarhound
This is a harmless and yet a very important and useful remedy. It is found growing along creeks and rocky places, and should be gathered in the months of July ...
-Rumex Chrispus - Yellow Dock
This plant grows in almost all parts of the Union. It is a remedy highly valued by many physicians, and is a favorite blood purifier with the Indian doctors.
-Salvia Officinalis - Sage
This is a very valuable plant, and is grown in thousands of American gardens. It is used in flavoring meats, such as sausage, bologna, mincemeat and hash. It ...
-Sanguinaria Canadensis - Blood Root
This is a plant that is quite common in this country, and nearly everybody knows what blood root is, but few know of its valuable properties. There is many a ...
-Scilla Maritima - Squill
This is a very common remedy and a good one; a remedy that the medical world would be at a loss without. I have failed to find, in all my experience and ...
-Sarsaparilla
This is a plant that grows in the shape of a vine, clambering stumps and stubs of trees, fences and stone walls, in a majority of districts of the United ...
-Lappa Minor - Burdock
Burdock is a very common plant of the United States. The root is the medicinal part. The root looks some like a parsnip, and has the full medical property ...
-Laurus Sassafras - Sassafras
This is a very fine aromatic bush and tree. I have seen large fields of the bush no taller than the common Indian cornstalk, and I have seen the bush in its ...
-Lobelia Inflata - Lobelia
This is a very common remedy, known well to all civilization, therefore it is not necessary for me to dwell on the plant long. It is of great importance in the ...
-Juglands Cinerea - Butternut
The butternut tree grows to the height of from thirty to one hundred feet, and bears a nut oviform in shape, near the size of a small hen's egg. The inner bark ...
-Prunus Virginiana - Wild Cherry
Wild Cherry is a twin sister to pale Peruvian bark, especially when combined with dogwood bark. I have known the two in many cases to accomplish the same ...
-Cornus Florida - Dogwood
This is a small tree that grows from 30 to 50 feet in height, in all parts of the United States. It flowers in the month of May, and farmers in the Middle ...
-Iris Versicolor - Blue Flag
We find that many of our writers describe this as one of our most important plants. Eclectics have held it in high favor, that is, when they knew it to be in a ...
-Amygdalus Persica - Peach Tree
This is a tree that every school boy knows, from the fact that its fruit has tickled his sense of taste to a luscious degree. The bark of the twigs, and the ...
-Inula Helenium - Elecampane
Elecampane is one of our many harmless, mild tonics. The root is the medical part of the plant, and by many highly appreciated. It is mild and slow in its ...
-Symphitum Officinale - Comfrey Root
This you can call a garden root as well as a wild one. It is a fine remedy in its place, and is grown by many in their gardens simply for its medical ...
-Aralia Racemosa - Spikenard
This is a remedy that has been used more in the past than now. It has become scarce in many places, and cannot be obtained as it was years ago. This remedy has ...
-Polygonum Punctatum - Water Pepper or Smart Weed
This is a powerful stimulant, and when given in the form of hot tea, will restore the monthlies when suddenly arrested by cold or similar causes. Make a tea of ...
-Pilocarpus Pinnatus - Jaborandi
Make a tincture out of the leaves. It is one of the most powerful stimulants to the skin known to the medical world. It will produce sweating inside of two ...
-Artanthe Elongata - Matico
The leaves are the part we use. I shall simply speak of its most important medical power, and that is, its power to check hemorrhages occurring from cuts, the ...
-Apocynum Andros - Bitter Root, or Wandering Milk Weed
This is a weed common to all parts of the Union. It grows to the height of from three to five feet, with pods like green corn beans. The stalk is of a dark ...
-Eupatorium Perfoliatum - Boneset
This is a very common plant and yet a very useful one. The flowers and leaves are the parts used in medicine. They should be gathered in July and August.
-Scutelaria Lateriflora - Scullcap, or Mad-Dog Weed
This is a plant good for neuralgic convulsions and all spasmodic diseases. It should be used for the above named diseases in the form of a hot tea, to be drank ...
-Borosma Cremata - Buchu
This is a shrub that is found in Southern Africa, and is a very useful one. The leaves are the part that we use in making tincture and teas, and ranks as one ...
-Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi - Uva Ursi
This is an evergreen that grows in many parts of the world, and seems to exercise great economy, from the fact that it grows on gravelly ground where nothing ...
-Quinine
Quinine is made from what is called Peruvian bark, found growing in sections of central and northern South America. There are three kinds of the bark -- white, ...
-Alcohol - Whisky
This is not a scarce article in civilized countries. It is an article that can be obtained at any time any where for the sum of ten cents. The principal ...
-Opium
I write on this article to apprise or warn people of the fact that it should not be used as much as it is. It should be used only in extreme cases, such as ...
-Stomach Bitters - Similar to Hostetter's
Gentian Root, Ground . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ounce. Cinchonia Bark, ground . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ounce. Orange Peel, ground . .
-Farmer's Bitters
Tansy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1/4 ounce. Crushed Gentian Root . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 ounce.
-German Bitters
German Chamomile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 ounces. Sweet Flag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 ounces. Orris ...
-Hop Bitters
Hops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 ounces. Orange Peel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 ...
-Stoughton Bitters
Orange Peel, ground . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 ounces. Gentian Root, ground . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
-Corns
They are not dangerous. I never knew them to cause lock jaw or death, but yet they are equal to an aching tooth, and torment their owners severely. They are ...
-Corn Poem
People violate nature's laws, Which truely is disease's cause; Tight boots they wear without a fear, But corns you know will then appear. Nature has the ...
-Antidote for Tobacco
White Oak Bark, pulverized . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 ounces. Capsicum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 grains.
-How to Quit Using Opium
Commence with the same dose in solution, and every time a dose is taken replace it with the same amount of water, and when the solution gets to be so weak that ...
-Powder for Sore Lips
Chlorate of Potash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 ounce. Tannin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
-Thompson's Eye Water
Sulphate of Copper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 grains. Sulphate of Zine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
-Cough Syrup
Tincture of Squill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 ounces. Tincture of Lobelia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 ounces.
-Boneset, Hops, and Hoarhound Candy
Fluid Extract of Boneset . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 ounces. Tincture of Hops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ounce. Tincture of ...
-Remedy for Burns
Carbolic Acid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 drachm. Bicarbonate of Soda . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 ounce.
-Remedy for White Thrush
There is a disease quite common to babies, called White Thrush. It appears on the mucous lining of the mouth and tongue, in the form of white patches, the same ...
-Preparation for Cleaning Clothes.
Take equal parts of water, sulphuric ether and aqua ammonia. Shake well before using. This will remove any greasy spot very readily.
-The Great Kidney Remedy
This prescription is worthy of everyone's notice who is troubled with kidney troubles, weak back, and scanty secretion of urine. Good for the horse and cow as ...
-A Sure Cure for Sore Throat or Diphtheria
The following is a method of treatment that I have used in over a thousand cases, and I have never failed to produce a cure in a single instance. As soon as ...
-Baby Checking Powders
This is a prescription that I obtained from an eminent physician of forty years experience with babies and children, by the name of Dr. Allen Woods, of Chilo, ...
-How to Avoid the Effects of Poison When Taken
Poison is something that counteracts vital force, or perverts it to such an extent from its normal condition that either death or great injury is the result.
-Horses
In writing this work I feel it my duty to say something about the horse, an animal, beyond all question or doubt, a helpmate of man in his many avocations of ...
-A Sure Cure for Bots
I need not tell how the bot-worm gets in a horse's stomach, for every one knows, but I will give you a sure cure if given in time. As soon as a horse's stomach ...
-Liniment for Curbs, Ringbones, Sprains, Strains, and
Swellings Alcohol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 ounces. Oil of Cajaput . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 ounce.
-The Way to be Governed in Giving a Horse Medicine
The average weight of a horse is 1200 pounds; the average weight of a man is 145 pounds. Give a horse medicine in this manner. If it takes so much to act as a ...
-Miscellaneous Recipies for Horses
For Heaves Give a teaspoonful of pulverized lobelia, same of saltpeter, licorice and skunk cabbage. Mix them altogether and divide into three powders, and give ...
-How to Keep Horses Healthy at Little Expense
If you would have healthy horses, with pure blood and slick hair, every time you feed them give them a pinch of equal parts of pulverized sulphur, wood ashes ...
-Shoeing Horses
It is important that every man that owns horses should be sure that his blacksmith is a good one and understands the anatomy of a horse's hoof. Many a good ...
-Indian Pow Wow
This is something that is unknown to many white people. It is a medical process that by all Indians is called a Pow Wow. When I was in company in the west with ...
-To My Many Readers
I will close by saying to you, use your own judgment, uninfluenced by any prejudice that may have previously existed in your minds. Give my advice a trial if ...
-Classification of Medicines, and Different Theories. Part 1
I shall give you, in this essay, the names of each school of medicine, and define briefly the names of the different classifications of medicine. Antipathy ...
-Classification of Medicines, and Different Theories. Part 2
Brunionian Theory There is a theory called the Brunionian theory advocated first by a man named John Brown, M. D., who argued that all medicines acted on the ...
-Classification of Medicines, and Different Theories. Part 3
Quackopaths There is a class of doctors that are drawn from all the schools of medicine that profess to be that which they are not. They may possess diplomas, ...
-Classification of Medicines, and Different Theories. Part 4
Sedatives Sedatives calm and quiet irritation and inflammation, and should only be prescribed by a physician. Narcotics Narcotics are medicines that numb ...
-Classification of Medicines, and Different Theories. Part 5
Astringents Astringents are very important remedies. Astringent means to pucker, to contract, to draw up; therefore, astringents are tissue contractors, and ...
-Classification of Medicines, and Different Theories. Part 6
Sialogogues These are spit producers, that is, medicines or articles of any kind that when taken in the mouth, produce a free flow of saliva or spit. Candy is ...







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