A recent writer in American Medicine concerning pain in the region of the sigmoid, says that opium and morphine should not be given. Usually, the evacuation of the bowels is followed by the subsidence of the more intense pains. Hot applications and counter-irritants may be applied to the abdomen, the buttocks and the thighs. In case the painful sensations continue, suppositories containing belladonna (the extract of the powdered leaves) should be inserted into the rectum, as high up as possible. If tenesmus is present, it is advisable to add lupulin in gram doses to the suppository, which should have for its base a glycero-gelatinous mass.
Ellingwood's Therapeutist, Vol. 2, 1908, was edited by Finley Ellingwood M.D.