Green-Sickness, or 'Chlorosis, a disorder which frequently attacks females after the age of puberty. It is attended with a depraved appetite, and a desire to eat substances that are not food, such as chalk, ashes, salt, etc.; the skin is pale and discoloured; the face sallow or greenish, but sometimes of a livid hue; there is a deficiency of blood in the veins; with a soft swelling of the whole body, especially the legs during the night; debility; palpitation; and suppression of catamenia.
Cure. - Although the experience of all ages has attested, that the most certain relief in this female complaint is a change from a single to a connubial state, yet as this expedient is not always convenient, the following plan should be steadily pursued: A nourishing diet, with an allowance of generous wine, in small quantities; abstinence from acids, spirituous liquors, and whatever may suddenly heat or cool the body; moderate daily exercise, especially on horseback ; or, if that cannot be procured, general friction of the whole frame with warm flannel every morning and evening; sleeping on mattresses, instead of soft feather-beds; early rising, and chearful company. Beside these general regulations, it will be useful to keep the bowels continually open, by taking small doses of vitriolated tartar, a scruple or half a dram, to be repeated four or six times when necessary in one day; to bathe the lower extremities frequently in warm water, and to wear worsted stockings in preference to silk or cotton ; to apply the steam of hot water with due precaution; and lastly, to resort to the tepid bath every other day, or as often as is compatible with the strength of the patient. - If, nevertheless, these gentle means prove unsuccessful, the more powerful remedies, such as chalybeates, bitters, mercurials, etc. must be prescribed by the profession. - In some of the most tedious and inveterate cases of chlorosis, almost immediate relief was obtained by inhaling de-phlogisticated air, or oxygen gas, which, however, should be administered only by persons sufficiently acquainted with the nature of that powerful agent.