A bacterial infection usually caused by Salmonella Typhi and is carried by contaminated milk, water or food.


An infectious affliction characterized by an enlargement of the spleen and the mesenteric lymph nodes and catarrhal inflammation of the intestinal mucous membrane. After two or three weeks incubation, there is weakness, headache, vague pains, tendency to diarrhea and nosebleed, and pronounced stupor. The stools have a peculiar pea-soup color. At times there is constipation, and usually there is slight congestion of the lung accompanied by a cough. On the seventh to ninth day, peculiar eruptions of small, slightly elevated, rose-colored spots appear on the chest and abdomen. Frequently there is a complication of intestinal hemorrhoids, peritonitis, pneumonia, nephritis and perforation of the bowel. [SNH p.46]


The basic cause is contagious cleansing-organisms that are introduced through contaminated foods. [SNH p.46]

Herbal Aids:

General Instructions: With fevers, use moist heat to facilitate the cleansing and eliminate the toxic backlog in the system. Induce profuse perspiration by the use of hot yarrow or raspberry leaf tea and by soaking in a tub of hot water with up to a pound of ginger, and a teaspoon each of mustard and cayenne. Follow with the Cold Sheet Treatment. [SNH p.46]

Echinacea: Drink sufficient of the hot tea to induce diaphoresis, and administer hourly thereafter until the system is relieved of stagnated wastage. [SNH p.89]

Compound Antiseptic Oil (a good substitute for Listerine): See formula using oil of thyme, thyme, eugenol, menthol, eucalyptol and olive oil. May be taken internally or used externally with amazing and beneficial results. Internally: 1 teaspoonful in 1 cupful of water, sweetened with 1 tablespoonful of honey 3-4 times daily; good for ... typhoid fever.... [SNH p.230]

Anti-Spasmodic Formula: Dr. Christopher's Anti-Spasmodic Tincture: See formula using lobelia, skullcap, skunk cabbage, gum myrrh, black cohosh and cayenne. (This is the same formula as Dr. Christopher's Anti-Spasmodic Tincture). Give 1 teaspoonful of Antispasmodic tincture (see Formulas) in a little warm water every 1/2 hour. Wash the body daily, with 2 parts of hot water and 1 part apple cider vinegar. Change bedclothes and sheets daily, and give the patient warm water every 2 hours. [SNH p.362]

Delirium of Typhoid: Add a little cayenne to the lady slipper tea. [SNH p.382] Infusion of lady's slipper: See formula using lady's slipper root and distilled water. [SNH p.383]

Low States of Typhoid Fever: Combine lady's slipper with a positive stimulant such as cayenne or golden seal. [SNH p.382] Infusion of lady's slipper: See formula using lady's slipper root and distilled water. [SNH p.383]

Boneset: It is a bitter herbal aid, and in addition to its use in fevers and infections it is taken to improve digestion and assimilation. It was recommended during the Civil War to replace quinine in cases of malaria, as well as for typhoid pneumonia. [UW-Boneset]

Bugleweed: It has been used frequently to reduce the high temperatures of typhoid fever without apparently weakening the patient. [UW-bugleweed]

Garlic: It is very well known that garlic contains all the elements except Vitamin D. It is also known that garlic essence warms the body and promotes better circulation of the blood .... Aillin, an oily substance contained in garlic, diluted as much as 200 times can kill typhoid germs. [NL 2-9]

Echinacea: It is an intestinal antiseptic, although it may not have a direct chemical effect on bacteria, but destroys germs by building the resistance and cleansing the system so that the body itself can resist the germs. It therefore is excellent in the treatment of the serious fevers-typhoid, malaria, and the eruptive fevers, such as measles, chickenpox, and scarlet fever. It is similarly useful in influenza and la grippe. [NL 6-12]

See Also:

Anti-Spasmodic Formula: Dr. Christopher's Anti-Spasmodic Tincture

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