Our Digestion; Or, My Jolly Friend's Secret

Our Digestion; Or, My Jolly Friend's Secret

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ...A majority of the cases of dyspepsia that sought relief at this establishment had used all the other means except the slapping; that is to say, they had lived on plain food and much in the open air. It was the slapping, the pounding with the fists, kneading with the fists, sometimes with the fists of an attendant, that cured these people, for cured they certainly were. Marvelous cures were effected in this establishment. After the death of the doctor, some of his patients felt themselves absolved from the obligation, and one of them described the treatment to me. In every case of indigestion, no matter what may be its character, slapping the stomach or bowels with the flats of the hands on rising in the morning, four hours after breakfast, and in the evening on going to bed, is excellent treatment. I cannot conceive of a case of chronic indigestion which such manipulation would not relieve. If the patient be so weak that he cannot perform these slappings or kneadings upon his own person, the hand of a discreet assistant should be employed. It. is marvelous how the body, the stomach for example, which, when these manipulations are first practiced, may be so very tender that the slightest touch can hardly be borne--it is marvelous how in two or three weeks a blow almost as hard as the hand can give is borne without suffering. _ Nearly all soreness is relieved by judicious handling. For example, you stick a needle into your finger. Let it alone, and it will ache for an hour and be sore for a day. But lay the finger down upon your knee and beat it with your other hand, the pain and soreness will disappear as if by magic. ' You have a pain in the side or across the chest; percussion will relieve it almost immediately. But constipation, ...show more

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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236824865
  • 9781236824868