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October 5, 1912

COMMON SALT AND CONSTIPATION

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Oakalla, Texas

JAMA. 1912;LIX(14):1291. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270100059025

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Abstract

The use of common salt in constipation is not new, but the remedy appears to have been neglected. This is doubtless owing to improper technic in its administration. I have tested the following method of giving it and have prescribed it to a considerable number of patients, many of whom Were seriously constipated. The solution should be taken on an empty stomach, preferably before breakfast; in some cases it is desirable that the patient should also have omitted supper. A pint of sterilized water, hot as hot coffee, with the addition of a couple of teaspoonfuls of table salt, constitutes the morning dose.

Instruct the patient to sit down by the steaming bowl and sip the solution by the tablespoonful, to take time for it, not to be in a hurry, and to breathe deeply. This last is a stimulus to peristalsis. This dose is followed by an evacuation within

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