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.
The pancreas is rarely the seat of disease. The symptoms of its morbid conditions are usually obscure. It may be affected by inflammation, passive or acute. In typhoid, typhus, and puerperal fevers, it occasionally becomes involved in inflammation. The symptoms of disease of this gland are usually pain in the epigastrium, enlargement and tenderness, a sensation of heat and constriction, salivation, nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, despondency, chills, alternated with flushes of heat, and debility, with great emaciation. The vomiting in some instances is very obstinate; the matters ejected are thin, ropy, and of a sour or saltish taste. Jaundice is often observed.
TREATMENT. -- Control the disease by equalizing the circulation with hot packs, veratrum, aconite, mild purges, etc. In the chronic form, administer mandrake, blue flag, and poke-root, as these remedies are known to increase the functions of this gland. Lobelia and capsicum, in some cases of chronic congestion and inflammation, act with decided benefit. In all diseases of this gland it would be well, however, to intrust the treatment to a competent herbal physician.