Historical remedies for menstrual period
pain and problems. See more remedies here.
See modern home remedies here.
A discussion of the letter testimonials,
and their authenticity, of the Pinkham company (in a discussion of a Pursettes
ad with a letter testimonial)
See two letters to MUM about the ingredients
of her Compound, and one about the lyrics of an English
pop song, Lily the Pink, about her.
Other amazing women: Nelli Bly,
Dr. Marie Stopes, Dr. Grace Feder Thompson
DIRECTORY of all topics (See also the
SEARCH ENGINE, bottom
Kidney-Wort medicine in
"Cousin John's Extravagant Wife"
Ad addressed to women
Ladies get two pages in the booklet, their "special weaknesses"
being amenable to Kidney-Wort. Lydia Pinkham's Vegetable Compound also promised
much for women (read excerpts from her Private Text-Book
Upon Ailments Peculiar to Women) - it's still sold today (see a bottle.)
"Wort" means a herbaceous plant and often combines with another
(H)ttp://www.health-topic.com/Dictionary discusses its ancient
The juice or distilled water when drunk is good to cool inflammations
and unnatural heats, a hot stomach, a hot liver, or the bowels. The herb,
juice or distilled water applied outwardly, heals pimples, St Anthony's
fire and other outward heats. It provokes the urine, is available for dropsy
and helps to break the stone. Being used in the bath or made into an ointment,
it cools the painful piles or haemorrhoidal veins. It gives ease to hot
gout, and sciatica and inflammations and swellings in the testicles. It
helps the kernels or knots in the throat, called the king's-evil. The juice
heals kibes ["an ulcerated chilblain especially on the heal,"
according to a Merriam-Webster dictionary] and chilblains ["an inflammatory
swelling or sore caused by exposure (as of the feet or hands) to cold"
- Merriam-Webster] if bathed with it, or anointed with ointment made from
it. It is also used to stay the blood of fresh wounds and to heal them
Modern uses. A cooling diuretic not in
popular use since the last century when it had a reputation as a remedy
for epilepsy. The leaves can be used to make a poultice to apply to painful
haemorrhoids, or made into an ointment by digesting them in hot wax and
straining. A homeopathic medicine is made from Cotyledon umbilicus.
Read similar testimonials for Cardui.
Odd: although the book gives American testimonials and
says elsewhere that it was invented in Vermont, the manufacturer is in London
and the prices are in English currency. Was this a booklet for English readers?
Covers - First inside page
- "Particularly for Ladies" - advertisement for Kidney-Wort
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