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 eruption in this disease makes its appearance as a small red spot, elevated a little above the general skin, usually occurring first on the limbs. The scales occurring on these patches occur in layers, one above the other, and have a bright silvery lustre. This is the lepra alphoides. The Hebrew leprosy was a variety of this form. What was known as the Leuce was generally not scaly, but consisted of smooth, shining patches, on which the hair turned white and silky, and was totally incurable. When leprosy is of dark livid color, it is called lepra nigricans, and when copper-colored, it is due to syphilis, and is termed lepra syphilitica. The leprosy of the Arabs is what is known as Elephantiasis, and the Greek leprosy includes the varieties met with at the present day. Leprosy is endemic in Egypt, in Java, and certain parts of Norway and Sweden.
TREATMENT. -- The means best adapted for its removal, are, a mild, unirritating diet, emollient fomentations, sulphureous baths, fumigations, etc., but often all treatment is ineffectual. A warm solution of the sesquicarbonate of potash is effectual in some cases. An ointment of glycerine and hydrrastin, and the acetic tincture of blood-root, is also serviceable, but as a topical remedy, nothing could be superior to my "Herbal Ointment."