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Edgar Cayce sometimes recommended laxatives to improve
eliminations through the colon, particularly in cases involving constipation.
However, he often cautioned that the body could become dependent this
artificial form of elimination and lose its natural ability to eliminate
wastes. To prevent dependency, Cayce typically would suggest that
various forms of laxative be alternated. Also, various other therapies
were usually recommended in addition to the laxatives. For example,
diet (with lots of fruits and vegetables), hydrotherapy (especially
colonic irrigations), and manual therapy (spinal manipulations and massage)
were commonly prescribed for constipation. Here are some common
laxatives recommended in the readings:
- Fletcher's Castoria
- Eno Salts
- Psyllium (Note: Psyllium may be purchased alone or combined with
other ingredients in a Heritage Store product called Innerclean.)
- Sulphur, rochelle salts, cream of tartar formula (Sulflax)
The case of 265-6 is an excellent example of alternating
laxatives to treat severe constipation. This seventy-year-old woman
was told to alternate between four laxatives combined with colon hydrotherapy
and the use of a vibrator. Edgar Cayce's recommendation for her
were to take:
- One day a whole bottle (900 drops) of Castoria, in very small doses
- half a teaspoonful every half hour.
- The next day take a tablespoonful of Milk of Bismuth.
- The next day take two tablespoonsful of Milk of Magnesia.
- The next day take phenolphthalein, or Phenolax, as may be had in
two tablets or wafers.
- Then begin again with the Castoria and repeat the cycle at least
The excerpt which follows provides a rationale for
each of the therapies recommended for this woman.
EXCERPTS FROM READING 265-6
The conditions in the present are more from the
toxic forces that are produced in the system by poisons from non-eliminations,
than from other causes.
In the evenings also before retiring, the use of
the electrically driven vibrator along the whole cerebro-spinal system
will be found to be helpful; for this will enable all centers along the
cerebro-spinal system to receive a greater impulse from their activity,
enabling all organs to be stimulated without the excess of one's functioning
so much under the strain of the tautness of another. Especially
would this be helpful, that those centers in the upper dorsal and cervical
area receive stimulation; also across the lower portion of the body, or
the lumbar area.
The activities of the alimentary canal, and the
effects that are had from pressures on bladder, pressures in the liver
area - these need the effect of a stimuli to create for the system more
lymph circulation, that the eliminations may be aided, and less tendency
of over-stimulating the secretions in the stomach, thus emptying same
of the lymph that is so needed oft in creating the necessary lactic foods
for proper assimilation.
As we would find, these - then - would be the most
helpful under the existent conditions, but should be alternated in such
manners as not to become non-effective or non-active, rotating in a manner
that will be effective for the system:
Occasionally, too, there should be the elimination
or evacuation of the lower colon, with the use of the high enemas that
will enliven the system in such a manner - by the use of proper antiseptics
following such evacuations - that will remove the pressure on the pelvic
organs, as well as relieving the breathing that is hindered by the dilation
of the colon in the transverse and descending area - the transverse and
descending, or as they turn in this portion of the colon area. After
the use of the water for evacuation, there should be made another solution
wherein the antiseptics would be put. The better for this, as we
find, would be Glyco-Thymoline - a tablespoonful to each quart of water
that is used for the last injections.
To aid in overcoming the tendency of constipation,
that is so harmful - and has been for long periods to the body, as to
so affect the system, we would take:
One day a whole bottle (900 drops) of Castoria,
in very small doses - half a teaspoonful every half hour.
The next day take a tablespoonful of Milk of Bismuth.
The next day take two tablespoonsful of Milk of
The next day take phenolphthalein, or Phenolax,
as may be had in two tablets or wafers.
Then the next day return again to the Castoria.
At least three rounds of these, followed consecutively day by day, should
be taken, that the evacuations or eliminations in the colon may be effective.
Taken in these manners, and with the vibrations that may be given with
the stimulation through the electrically driven vibrator, we will not
disturb the activities of the organs as affected - the liver, the kidneys,
and the bladder - the stomach, the respiratory system - to such an extent
as to make other than a little weakness; but this - if kept in the proper
way and manner - will bring about much bettered conditions for this body,
The properties combined in the Castoria will affect
the kidneys, the liver, the whole hepatic circulation directly.
The active principle is the senna, but the other elements that are added
when taken in small quantities - are assimilated to the circulation and
will not irritate the functioning of the organs that are exercised, as
The properties in the Milk of Magnesia are to take
away from the muco-membranes, or the lymph circulation through the circulation
of the hepatics, any inflammation; yet tending to make for the using up
of those portions that adhere to the walls of the intestines, so that
there is the tendency at times for this to become obnoxious to the body,
as it causes a strain especially on the duodenum to evacuate and cleanse
same. Hence the necessity of the occasional use of the enema, followed
by the antiseptic cleansing.
Then the phenolphthalein, or the activity from the
use of the wafers, is to act as a sedimentary to the draining of those
portions of the duodenum and the jejunum, that will relieve those pressures
in the heart area - that causes the cough, or the respiratory reaction.
Then, when this is repeated again, we will gradually
CLEANSE the system - see?
These do not become destructive forces, then, to
the organs that are involved…
The vibrations given in the electrically driven
vibrator are to stimulate those centers (with this enlivening of the organs
of the body, in the digestive and eliminating system) from the nerve plexus
along the cerebro-spinal system, so that their activity produces nearer
a normal impulse than is exercised by taking large quantities of cathartics
- that will relieve the pressures for the moment, but not the causes.
These stimulations should be especially in the upper dorsal and cervical
area, or 3rd and 4th dorsal and to the brachial plexus; then from the
3rd and 4th cervical to the upper portion - which will relieve all pressures
sympathetically to the upper portion, or to the digestive portion.
The stimulations in the lumbar region will relieve those pressures to
the eliminating portion, or to the hepatic circulation.
Note: The above information is not intended for self-diagnosis
or self-treatment. Please consult a qualified health care professional
for assistance in applying the information contained in the Cayce Health