This section of the book is from "The Complete Herbalist" by Dr. O. Phelps Brown. Also available from Amazon: The Complete Herbalist: The People Their Own Physicians By The Use Of Nature's Remedies.
We now come to a disease that is a bane to the existence of many a person. The catarrhal patient is never happy, for he knows that he is inseparably connected with a disease that is excessively annoying to himself and no less disagreeable to those with whom he comes in contact. It consists of inflammation of the mucous membrane lining the nose and sinuses or cavities connecting with it. It is a very common affection, arising from repeated colds, damp apartments, wet feet, insufficient clothing, hot rooms, a sudden check of perspiration, and a rheumatic or scrofulous disposition predisposes to an attack. The symptoms are weariness, pains in the back and limbs, frontal headache, increased discharge from the nose, hoarseness, sore throat, impaired vision, fever, constant hawking, cough, and, if the disease continues, partial or complete deafness. By the constant dropping of the secretions into the throat, the catarrhal inflammation is made to extend to the mucous membrane of the throat and larynx, causing gastritis, tonsillitis, laryngitis, pharyngitis, and bronchitis. Consumption is not an unfrequent sequel to catarrh, and it may so undermine the vitality of the system that the most energetic and rational treatment will only reestablish it. A case that illustrates the ravages of catarrh in its ordinary severe forms is given in the following letter: --
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 3, 1871
DR. O. PHELPS BROWN.
RESPECTED SIR: -- My catarrh, which had almost destroyed my power of speech, had nearly lost me the senses of smell and taste, and was rapidly extending to the lungs, by dropping down, has disappeared. I owe this great blessing to your course of treatment. I applied to you by advice of acquaintances, with many doubts; but a "drowning man catches at a straw," and I wrote you a full description of my sufferings. I cannot be too grateful to Providence for having directed me to do this. Use my name in any way you please for the benefit of others afflicted as I was, etc.
S. BROWN MILLS.
This patient describes the effect of nasal catarrh, as developed in himself, but partially. He has omitted to say that his breath was so offensive that people could not sit in the room with him; that the matter was discharged so copiously that it descended into the stomach, causing vomiting, reducing him in strength and flesh to a comparative skeleton; that he had inflammation and elongation of the soft palate (uvula); had lost his appetite, and was troubled with hectic fever.
He was subject to the usual despondency and hopelessness of patients suffering from long-standing catarrh, and it required every effort to arouse his drooping spirits to anything like natural vivacity. In fact, the symptomatic hopelessness and great depression of the spirits in catarrhal patients is often a greater barrier to speedy cure than the pathological condition of the disease itself.
TREATMENT. -- It is only in the chronic form that catarrh presents difficulties requiring the most patient and skillful treatment.
It is not merely a local disease, but dependent upon a vitiated condition of the blood; hence, merely local treatment will prove ineffectual: therefore the only successful method of treating this disease, is in combining proper local treatment with appropriate constitutional medication.
For years this complaint baffled the skill of physicians universally, and I myself, came to the conclusion, that to really eradicate the disease from the system, a combination of remedies were required: a remedy to cleanse the blood; a remedy for local application; a remedy to circulate the blood, thus arousing the system to action and a medicine to stimulate the liver to aid the system in throwing off the disease. The following treatment meets all these requirements and has proved effectual in curing many thousands of individuals -- many of whom repreented cases of long standing in the most advanced stages of this really dangerous complaint:
Accident first brought to my notice Dr. Lane's Catarrh Cure, and I tested it with perfect success in many instances, in conjunction with my Blood Purifier, Herbal Ointment, and Renovating Pills.
The following treatment is what I advise in cases of catarrh: A course of the Blood Purifier, consisting of six bottles, taken internally to cleanse the blood. The Herbal Ointment well rubbed in at least once a day across the small of the back, sparingly over the stomach and bowels, and about the forehead and between the eyes to arouse action, assist digestion, soothe the nervous system, and remove irritation. The Renovating Pills taken only often enough to keep the bowels soluble and regulated to one passage per day. They arouse the liver to action and thus aid in throwing off disease.
Dr. Lane's Catarrh Cure may be snuffed up the nostrils from the palm of the hand; or, a small syringe may be used; or the Nasal Douche, which is preferable to any other contrivance for the purpose (see illustration) of conveying the catarrh cure gently but thoroughly to the afflicted membranes. The price of the "Nasal Douche" is seventy-five cents and ten cents extra for postage. The catarrh cure should be diluted with warm, soft water, in preference to cold, as the latter has a tendency to produce irritation, or spasmodic action. Those prefering the douche will find it of very great convenience and efficiency, as all parts of the inflamed surface can be reached by its aid.
Catarrh can be mastered by the above treatment, and I know of no other that will thoroughly and permanently cure it. Rational treatment will succeed in this, as in other diseases, and those suffering from its presence should act promptly in arresting its progress.
We consider the following medicine sufficient to cure the generality of cases: a course of Blood Purifier consisting of six bottles, the price of which is five dollars; two bottles of Dr. Lane's Catarrh Cure of double strength, one dollar and fifty cents each, three dollars; one large pot of Herbal Ointment, fifty cents, and a small box of Renovating Pills, twenty-five cents: total, eight dollars and seventy-five cents.
Those desiring to send for my course of treatment for catarrh, may send the money by post office order, or registered letter at my risk, and I will promptly forward the medicine on the receipt of the same by express with full directions for use. Sufferers should not fail to possess the Nasal Apparatus, illustrated above, as by its use the nasal cavities can be thoroughly cleaned and medicated.
I have spoken thus confidently regarding the above treatment, knowing how successful it has proved in thousands of cases of catarrh.
I am willing to give my advice, or opinion, when desired to do so, in any case, free of charge, either at my office or by letter. Address DR. O. PHELPS BROWN, 21 Grand St., Jersey City, N. J.