Bowels Glands Of

Sources: Papers On Health

Symptoms of glandular trouble in the bowels

are--weariness and pallor, lack of appetite, softness and shrinking of

limbs, with swelling of the belly. In its earlier stages, before

consumption sets in, this trouble may be perfectly cured. We have seen

even apparently hopeless cases recover under proper treatment. In its

essence the trouble is a failure of power in the nervous centres upon

which health of the bowels depends. To supply this needed power, take a

small bag of cotton cloth, like a little pillow-slip, of just the size

to cover the patient's whole back. Fill this with bran, prepared as for

poultice (see Bran Poultice). Oil the back before applying this, and

place, if needed, four ply or so of cloth on the back to moderate the

heat to the skin. After half-an-hour, if the patient feels desirous,

renew for another hour; do this each day at bedtime for a week at

least. Rub the body all over with warm olive oil when this is taken

off; then place a bandage with only a gentle tightness in such a way as

just to help the relaxed bowels, but only just so much--not by any

means to try and force them into what might be thought proper

dimensions. Give a teaspoonful of liquorice mixture (see

Constipation) thrice a day before meals in a little hot water. Feed on

wheaten porridge and generally light diet, being careful to regulate it

so as to make the bowels work easily and naturally. If not too bad a

case, this treatment will soon tell favourably. Enemas (see) of

either cold or warm water, as required, will also greatly help.