The heart-burn generally arises from a prevailing acidity, indigestion, the eating of tough fat meat, and unfermented mealy substances. Those persons who are subject to this affection, ought to drink no stale or acid liquors, and to abstain from flatulent food.
If indigestion, or debility of the stomach, be the cause, the patient may take infusions of Peruvian bark, valerian, or any other stomachic bitter. Moderate exercise in the open air will contribute to promote digestion, and consequently remove the complaint.
Should the heart-burn originate from acidity of the stomach, the general practice is to administer absorbent medicines, such as pre-pared chalk, crab's claws, calcined oyster-shells, etc. a tea-spoonful of cither being given in a glass of peppermint-water, which frequently procures relief.
There are, however, many cases in which absorbents tend to aggravate rather than to cure this troublesome affection ; namely, when it proceeds from an acrid and em-pyreumatic oil generated on the stomach. In such instances, a tea-spoonful of the powder of gum-arabic dissolved in half a tea-cupful of water, and repeating this dose three or four times, if necessary, has been attended with immediate success; and, where the gum cannot be procured, a few blanched sweet-almonds finely chewed, and swallowed, have often produced a similar effect.
flower from May to September. This plant has almost endless varieties, and, when reared in gardens, is known under the name of Pansies. It was formerly in great repute for epilepsies, asthmas, etc. At present, however, it is used only in the disorder peculiar to children, called crusta lac-tea, or a species of scald-head affecting the face. A handful of the fresh, or half a dram of the dried leaves, is boiled in a pint,of milk, and if continued to be drunk for some weeks, both in the morning and evening, it has invariably been attended with success.