A much overloaded stomach is best relieved by being made to throw out its contents under the action of an emetic. This is, however, a harsh remedy, not nowadays often resorted to.

Ordinary indigestion requires, for one thing, to give the stomach rest. Let no food be taken for a number of hours; if the patient is strong enough, not for a whole day. Make sure that the bowels are open; to carry off the refuse of undigested or half-digested food.

If the stomach is still unsettled, the aids to nature which we may resort to are those just above-mentioned, as suitable for cases of nausea and vomiting. Small and few doses, however, are likely to be necessary for common attacks of indigestion. If, with these, there are dizziness, headache, a yellow tongue or eyes, and a bitter taste in the morning on awaking--a set of symptoms designated usually as biliousness—small doses of the old-fashioned blue pill may be reasonably and safely given.

Practically speaking, of blue pill, a small dose for indigestion, with signs of participation by the liver, will be one grain at night, and again the next morning; and perhaps again the second night. Compound gentian pills may be taken for two or three days, if entire relief does not come sooner. This is the prescription:

Take of blue mass, five grains; powder of rhubarb root, and extract of gentian, each twenty-grains; oil of cloves, four drops. Mix these together, and divide the whole into twenty pills. One or two should be taken at once.

When there is lingering indigestion, after an attack, with some flatulence, the bowels not being sufficiently free, yet not requiring a strong purge, two of the above pills may be taken, twice daily, for two or three days; not longer at one time, on account of their containing a small amount of mercury.