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 several Standard Herbal Remedies described in this article have grown up out of many years of labor. Their sales at the present time are very large, extending almost over the whole globe. They are manufactured in England as well as in America, and we have well established agents in Africa, Egypt, New Zealand, Australia, and nearly all the foreign ports -- which are too numerous to mention. But what is vastly more important, they give universal satisfaction, and will cure the diseases for which they are recommended.
All my remedies are purely herbal, as represented by the accompanying illustrations. Around the Balsam bottle, Ointment and Pill box are thrown sprigs of the principal ingredients -- twigs of the Acacia Tree, Bittersweet Vine, Green Ozier, sprays of the Water Pepper and Lobelia, and the leaves of the Mandrake, Skunk Cabbage and Ayapana, which form some of the principal ingredients of these remedies.
These medicines are kept by the principal wholesale and retail druggists throughout the United States and Canada. Should your druggist not have a supply on hand, he can procure them for you from the wholesale house with which he deals, without extra freight, when ordering them with other goods. Should he, however, fail to get them, you can send to me for the medicine and your orders will receive prompt attention. The express business is now so complete that an almost daily delivery can be guaranteed to all parts of the country; while the express charges for small packages have been reduced one-half to all towns where the offices of the various companies are established. Recollect, all the wholesale houses keep my Standard Herbal Remedies. A printed list will be sent on application.
For over twenty years, or nearly a quarter of a century, I have been engaged in gathering herbs and treating patients from all parts of the country who have favored me with their confidence. Out of this practice has grown my Standard Herbal Remedies, or Specifics for certain defined diseases.
The first and most important of these preparations is, perhaps, the Acacian Balsam, for all lung affections. It lubricates all the tubes and air cells, removing inflammation, loosening a cough and assisting the lungs to throw off disease. Persons far gone in consumption have been kept alive for years and made very comfortable by the Acacian Balsam; others who have inherited weak lungs from their parents, and whose family invariably die at an early age with this disease, have kept consumption at bay during an ordinary lifetime by the use of this invaluable remedy. Such persons can be referred to in nearly every section of the country. Send for printed certificates.
These parties, through my advice (given in various other publications, and my annual Shakesperian Almanac), never allow a cold to settle on the lungs -- but, upon the first indication of a cold in the head or throat, they commence taking the Balsam and rubbing the Ointment night and morning around the throat and over the chest. In from twenty-four to forty-eight hours the cold is broken up and gone. Had it been allowed to extend downward to the lungs and get firmly seated, it would have probably resisted all efforts to throw it off; although in numberless cases this remedy has raised people, apparently in the vary last stages of consumption, from their sick beds and restored them to health.
I have, therefore, unbounded faith in this remedy in this class of diseases, and would strongly urge its merits upon those who dread the approach of consumption, or have any lung difficulty. This disease is so insidious in its approaches--so flattering in its progress, up today, down tomorrow, that those afflicted do not generally realize their condition until it has become firmly seated in the system; whereas, had a remedy like the Balsam been employed in the outset, the disease would have been driven out ere it could firmly locate itself. It is as great a folly to wait for a disease of the lungs to disappear of itself as it would be to stand on the bank of a stream waiting for it to dry up to admit of an early crossing.
We all know that simple herbal remedies are the natural medicine designed by the Creator for man's restoration to health. This remedy is composed of five or six herbal ingredients that not only work together harmoniously but aid each other in eradicating the disease -- one of these ingredients soothes the irritated surface, another heals, another loosens the morbid secretions, producing free and easy expectoration; another lubricates the parts, another soothes the nerves, producing sleep, another arrests night sweating, another provides nourishment for the body; so that if no food can be eaten, the Balsam, through the tonic provided by Ayapana and the nourishing properties of Gum Acacia and Wild Honey will sustain life, and thus all the conditions of the disease are overpowered, and the system, working together with the medicine, is enabled to throw off the fell destroyer, called consumption of the lungs.
In addition to this we have the Herbal Ointment, which is our great external remedy; it acts as a blood circulator and a counter-irritant, (See cut on p. 471). This Ointment rubbed well in over the chest, throat, shoulder-blades, small of the back, stomach and bowels, and up and down the spine, arouses the whole system to action. It should be applied to all parts of the body where pain, weakness, irritation, or soreness exist. It circulates the blood, soothes the nervous system, removes irritation, makes active the kidneys, assists digestion and strengthens the parts to which it is applied.
Where constipation exists, the Renovating Pills are to be taken often enough to keep the bowels soluble and regular; they will act on the liver, and thus this organ will also aid the system in throwing off disease.
After years of experience this is the only rational and successful treatment I have found in lung complaint.
One bottle of Balsam will break up an ordinary cold -- price one dollar. When a cold gets seated, and the first stages of Consumption are presenting themselves, six bottle of Balsam; two large pots of Herbal Ointment and one small box Renovating Pills will be required. Total, six dollars and twenty-five cents.
Let me again urge the necessity of breaking up a cold ere it firmly locates itself on the lungs. One bottle will do this, and save not only money but perhaps a long period of sickness. Yes, perhaps save you from consumption itself. The Acacian Balsam is a positive cure for asthma, no matter of how long standing.
The Restorative Assimilant and Herbal Ointment are better known throughout the United States and Canada than any of my other remedies. The Restorative Assimilant is designed for all diseases of the stomach and digestive organs; it assimilates the juices of the stomach, gives strength and tone to this organ, and removes any unnatural condition that may exist. Many thousand people can testify to its curative qualities in Epilepsy or Fits. Experience has taught me that this disease is caused, in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred, by a peculiarly disordered condition of the stomach. The Restorative Assimilant removes this peculiar condition, thus curing the disease. Many epileptics never have a single attack after the first dose of the medicine; the majority of cases require three bottles, which we consider a fair test in any case. While taking the Restorative Assimilant, the Herbal Ointment and Renovating Pills should also be used. The Ointment is to be well and freely rubbed in twice a day, night and morning, up and down the spine, around the neck, across the small of the back, and sparingly over the stomach and bowels, to soothe the nervous system, strengthen the parts and assist digestion.
The Renovating Pills are to be taken often enough to keep the bowels gently open and regular. They will emulge the liver and thus this organ will aid in throwing off disease. A confirmed case of epilipsy will require three bottles of Restorative Assimilant, price Five dollars; two large pots of Herbal Ointment, One dollar; one small box of Pills, twenty-five cents. Total, Six dollars and twenty-five cents. Sent by express, securely packed, if the remedies canot be had of the local druggist.
The Restorative Assimilant especially is valuable in all female irregularities. It removes internal inflammation, heals ulceration and tones up and strengthens the system generally. It is one of the best and most efficacious tonics in existence for general and local debility.