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.
This is a hyperaesthesia of the pneumo-gastric nerve, and not due to inflammation, as may be supposed. It is a contagious disease. It consists of a convulsive cough, attended by hissing and rattling in the windpipe, and ineffectual efforts to expel the breath. This is repeated until a quantity of thick, tenacious mucus is expectorated, when the breathing again becomes free. The paroxysms apparently threaten suffocation, and the agitation affects the whole body. Blood is sometimes started from the nostrils, but, notwithstanding the violence of the symptoms, it is rarely ever dangerous.
TREATMENT. -- An emetic may be given at first. Liniments of olive oil or the "Herbal Ointment" should be applied to the spine. The antispasmodics are of course indicated, such as belladonna, a decoction of bitter almond, or of cherry seed, etc. Lobelia is a good remedy, as is also skunk cabbage; daily vapor inhalations are also serviceable; cochineal has a good reputation; it should be used with stillingia.