This form of disease is attended with severe pain in the bowels, nausea, and sometimes vomiting, and distention of the stomach. It is usually occasioned by some acrid substance taken into or generated in the stomach, such as unripe fruit, vitiated bile or gas, undigested food, etc.


Some cases require thorough treatment. Nothing will afford relief so quick as enemas, which should be given every ten minutes until relief is obtained; then cleanse the syringe, and administer a pint of slippery elm tea by injection, to soothe the bowels. It is sometimes necessary to give a full course of medicine. Mild cases may be cured by taking a teaspoonful of composition, hot drops, or some aromatic tea. A few drops of anti-spasmodic tincture in peppermint tea, is excellent.