Nervous Attacks

Sources: Papers On Health

What we call, for want of a better name, "nerve

force," or "nerve action," is at any one time a definite quantity. In

health it is distributed to all the sets of nerves equally, so that all

work in harmony. But if its distribution be altered in certain ways, we

find "fits" or "attacks" coming on. Action is greatly exaggerated in

one part, and as greatly lessened in another--hence violent movements

and complete unconsciousness co-exist. Children often have such fits.

Where they arise from indigestion as a result of bad food, the cure

is found in teaspoonfuls of hot water, and a hot sitz-bath coming up

over the bowels. Where bad blood causes the fits, poultices over the

kidneys will usually help greatly. (For fits of teething children,

see Teething.) See also Epilepsy.