Urinary Troubles

Sources: Papers On Health

A healthy man usually evacuates about 30-40 ozs. of

urine daily, the excretion being greater in the winter than in the

summer, owing to the checked perspiration. The urine should be of a

pale straw colour and transparent. Where any irregularity in the urine,

either in quantity or quality, is suspected, it is wise to use soft

boiled or distilled water only, for drinking, and to take frequent sips

of it throughout the day, and especially early in the morning. Either

pure hot water, hot water and lemon juice, or whey, will help the

action of the kidneys when this is sluggish.

Where the bladder is irritated and painfully sensitive, a large hot

BRAN POULTICE (see) should be applied to the lower back. While the

patient lies on this, cold towels (see Towels, Cold Wet) should be

changed over the bladder in front. While giving such treatment once or

twice a day, rest must be taken, if a cure is to be obtained. For a

patient to say that rest cannot be had, is to say that cure is


Where there is a tendency to stoppage of the urine, a warm sitz-bath

should be taken. The patient first sits in three inches deep of

comfortably hot water. More water at the same temperature is poured

gradually in at intervals, until it rises well up over the abdomen.

This will usually relieve even a bad case.

Treat with bran poultice and cold towels, as above recommended, after

the warm bath has given relief. It should be remembered that the cold

is the healing power, bracing the bladder and all its muscles and

vessels. Hence more than a slight cooling is needed. But the cooling is

only possible when good heat is kept up on the base of the back. This

treatment also cures the swelling of the bladder which often

accompanies restriction of urine.

Where a positive growth interferes with the urinary discharge, this may

often be actually melted away by soaking with weak ACETIC ACID

(see), when it is at all possible to reach it. The power of cure

possessed by acetic acid is incredible, except to those who have seen

it exercised, and its persistent use would, we are use, save many

lives, if people would only try it.

We would also advise the four-ply flannel bandage, with two plies damp

and two dry. This round the body has a wonderfully soothing effect. So

has a nicely applied lathering with SOAP (see). As in most other

troubles, special care must be taken to keep the feet warm.