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Searchlights on Health eBook

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WHAT IS THE RESULT?—­In connection with menstruation, pregnancy and child bearing a long list of diseases peculiar to woman have arisen, most of which through proper food and exercise could be avoided.  In matters so vital to posterity false modesty and ignorance can no longer be tolerated.

CHLOROSIS OR ANAEMIA.

Home Treatment:  Plenty of good food and fresh air will do much to restore the blood.  Keep the bowels free.  Satisfactory results have been brought about by a systematic use of iron as a tonic.

DISORDERS OF THE MENSES.

RETENTION OF MENSTRUATION.

Treatment:  When due to the condition of the blood, recommend good food, fresh air, and sunshine to improve circulation.  If the result of cold and exposure means and appliances for restoring the circulation must be adopted.

In either case the bowels should be kept open by injections.

VICARIOUS MENSTRUATION.

Treatment:  No attempt should be made to stop the hemorrhage during the monthly period.  The discharge is usually light although it occasionally causes great weakness.  This disorder is caused by the suppression of the menses, and must be treated accordingly between periods.

CESSATION OF THE MENSES.

Commonly called “Change of Life.”

Treatment:  At this dangerous and trying period in a woman’s life she must adopt the utmost regularity in the habits of her existence.  Hot baths, taken just before retiring, will relieve the uncomfortable feeling so common at this time of life.

DISORDERS OF THE WOMB.

CANCER OF THE WOMB.

Treatment:  Call at once a competent physician.

DISPLACEMENT OF THE WOMB.

Treatment:  Evacuate the bowels and the bladder by means of injections, and the catheter.  Place the fingers in the vagina, locate the mouth of the womb, insert finger into it, and gently pull the organ into its natural position.

DROPSY OF THE WOMB.

Treatment:  Use tonics freely together with vapor baths, and frequent hot hip baths.

FALLING OF THE WOMB.

Treatment:  Build up the physical condition by an abundance of good food, fresh air and sunshine, with moderate exercise.  Astringent injections and vaginal suppositories of oak bark, myrrh, and cocoa-butter will usually bring relief.

INFLAMMATION OF THE WOMB.

Treatment:  Apply stimulating liniment to the abdomen.  Keep body warm and moist especially at extremities.  Add 10-15 drops of carbolic acid to one quart of warm water and use as a vaginal douche.  Keep bowels open.  Furnish light, nourishing diet, and give tonics.

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