Debility
Definition:

Weakness, absence or loss of strength (asthenia), loss of vital strength or muscular power (adynamia). [SNH p.15]

Cause:

In debility, the condition is generally caused by a rundown body as a result of an improper diet. Do not overfeed since the body is already overworked and the heart is already overburdened, and the organs are tired from trying to digest heavy foods. The kind "angels of mercy" that bring in cakes, pies, and the little "goodies" to the invalid and say "Now you must eat to get your strength you must eat to get your strength build up," are not really "angels of mercy" since they only aggravate the problem. [SNH p.15]

Herbal Aids:

General Instructions: In some cases the whole digestion must be rebuilt. A speedy recovery may be had with juice therapy alone or with slippery elm gruel. Other nutritional herbs such as Irish moss or comfrey may be used successfully. [SNH p.16]

Wormwood: Take 2 fluid ounces of the infusion 3-4 times daily. [SNH p.108]

Bitter Root: Take 5 grains of powder 3 times daily; it has also been used successfully in combination with yellow parilla (Menispermum canadense). [SNH p.208]

Rue: for systemal debility. (Never take if you are pregnant) Take small doses of the infusion at least 1 hour before meals. [SNH p.295]

See formula using comfrey root, elecampane, horehound and beth root. Strain, sweeten, bottle and keep in a cool place. The mixture may be preserved with glycerine or with 1 pint of honey. [SNH p.312]

See formula using scullcap, camomile and gravel root. [SNH p.372]

See formula using white poplar bark, barberry bark, balmony bark, golden seal, cloves, cayenne and loaf sugar. [SNH p.447]

Dr. Coffin's Bitters: See formula using white poplar bark, balmony, bayberry, ginger, cayenne and cloves. [SNH p.448]

Prickly Ash: The herb is a valuable herb nerve stimulant and may be used for a long period of time without ill effects. It is valued in all cases of nervous prostration or debility after illness or whenever the vital forces of the body have for some reason been depressed. [UW-Prickly Ash]

Skullcap: It is called a food for the nerves, strengthening and supporting them as it gives immediate relief of all chronic and acute diseases stemming from nervous affections and debility (Tie:115). It is high in calcium, potassium and magnesium, which may account for its remarkable effect on the nervous system. [UW-Skullcap]
Skullcap: Lucas reports the case of a gentleman who was otherwise in good health but was continually suffering nervous debility and insomnia. Treatment by other doctors had not helped him at all. He was encouraged to try natural medicine and was given a combination of an ounce of Skullcap, an ounce of hops, and a half ounce of gentian root. He took this as an infusion and within a week he was sleeping well. At the end of two months he was fully recovered. Lucas mentions that Skullcap, catnip and peppermint work the same way for many people (Luc:Herbal:25). It is said to give natural sleep to morphine addicts, especially when combined with catnip, lime blossom and hops (Lev:Common:134). [UW-Skullcap]

Gentian (Gentiana Lutea) is considered one of the most useful tonics in cases of exhaustion from chronic disease and in all cases of general debility, weakness of the digestive organs and want of appetite. The herb has been used in both England and Europe for treatments to humans as well as in veterinary practice. [NL 4-10]
Echinacea: Prof. Webster, an early practitioner who used it in these cases, asserted that as a stimulant to the capillary circulation, no remedy is comparable with it, and it endows the vessels with a recuperative power or formative force, so as to enable them to successfully resist local inflammatory processes due to debility and blood depravation (Ibid), which we think is extremely interesting in view of the toxic conditions caused by pollution and low-quality food in today's world. [NL 6-12]

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