The remedy most trusted to in this disease is opium and its alkaloids, morphine and codeine.
The sale and use of morphine in India and Burma is now restricted.
In some abdominal conditions, for instance, opium is still preferred by the majority of practitioners, though certainly not in gastric cases, where morphine gives the relief for which opium often increases the need, owing to the irritant action of some of its constituents.
It is worse even than opium-eating, in proportion as morphine is more active than opium.
The condition may even go on to a fatal result should morphine be continuously withheld, but injection of even a small quantity of morphine causes these symptoms to cease abruptly.