But little is said in our literature concerning the possibility of varicosis of the vaginal veins during pregnancy. I have had some experience with this difficulty which has caused me to feel that every physician should be placed on his guard concerning the danger in extreme cases from the rupture of these distended vessels. They are quite frequent with pruritis and this adds materially to the danger of laceration and rupture.
I have had no case that has not yielded to a very simple method of cure. The patient is confined to her bed for a few days. The intestinal canal is thoroughly flushed with either plain sterilized water or hot salt solution and a small quantity of a solution of specific collinsonia and specific hamamelis, in the proportion of each one ounce to water q. s. six ounces. This is injected into the vagina. From one-half ounce to an ounce, two or three times a day, is usually sufficient. At the same time I give the patient ten drops of each of these medicines every two hours in a teaspoonful of water. The promptness of the action of this simple course has pleased me.
Ellingwood's Therapeutist, Vol. 2, 1908, was edited by Finley Ellingwood M.D.