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The second plan of treatment is as follows.
Take the mallow, and boil it in wheat ale, or in spring water. Then take that which grows in the earth of the elder (bark,) bruise well in a mortar, and mix it, crude as it is, with the above mentioned decoction, and administer it quickly to the patient, so as to act upon his bowels. Let him afterwards be forbidden beef, cheese, leeks, large fish, salmon, eels, ducks, garlic, and all kinds of milk diet, except whey made with warm milk (from the cow.)
ABDOMINAL COMPLAINTS.- ASCITES, PERITONITIS, ABDOMINAL TUMOR, TYMPANITIS. TREATMENT OF PERITONITIS, EMETIC. EXTRACT OF STINKING HELLEBORE. INTERNAL ABDOMINAL
$ 17. There are four kinds of abdominal complaints. ascites, peritonitis, abdominal tumor, and tympanitis. Ascites cannot be cured. Tympanitis also is a disease from which there is no escape, though it is not soon fatal. Peritonitis is treated by means of an emetic, the blue confection and a medicine. These are the herbs required (for the medicine ;) the sweet gale, bay leaves, pimpernel, male speedwell, river startip, borage, moss, liverwort, the young leaves of the earth nut, and the mallow. The before-mentioned emetic should be thus prepared. Take the stinking hellebore (dug fresh) from the ground, from the root, washing it well, slicing it thin, then bruising it in a mortar, as well as can be done, the refuse being thrown away (after the juice is expressed.) The juice should then be put in a pan on the fire (and boiled) whilst there is any ebullition (till nearly solid,) keeping it by you as long as you wish, making small pills thereof when you administer it to the sick. Abdominal tumor is cured by means of cauteries, issues, a cordial, and an emetic.
$ 18. Certain warts will often form about the anus. The best way to remove them, is to dig them out with cold iron, afterwards cauterizing their seat, and anointing the same with honey.
THREE KINDS OF URINARY DISORDERS. STRANGURY. HOT
$ 19. There are three kinds of painful urinary disorders. Strangury. It is cured by means of an emetic, a cordial, cauteries, and a dry (hot air) bath. A hard vesical calculus is thus extracted by operation. Take a staff and place it in the bend of the knee; then fix both arms within the knees, doubling them up over the staff, and securing both wrists with a fillet, over the nape of the neck, the patient (being placed on the back), his stomach up, with some support under both thighs, and the calculus cut for on the left side of the urethra. Let him be subsequently put in a water bath that same day, also the day following early, and after this he should be put in the kyffeith. Then he should be removed to his bed, and laid there on his back, his wound being cleaned, and dressed with flax and salt butter,
He should be kept in the same temperature, until it be known whether he shall escape (the effects of the operation.) He should be kept without food or drink for a day and a night previous to the operation, and should have a bath.
If the disease be gravel, make a medicine of the following herbs, mascerated in strong clear wheat ale, viz. water pimpernel, tutsan, meadow sweet, St. John's wort, ground ivy, agrimony, milfoil, birch, common burnet, columbine, motherwort, laurel, gromwel, betony, borage, dandelion, little field madder, amphibious persicaria, liverwort.
$ 20. A sterile woman may have a potion prepared for her by means of the following herbs, viz :-St. John's wort, yew, agrimony, amphibious persicaria, creeping cinque foil, mountain club moss, orpine and pimpernel, taking an emetic in addition.
PROFUSE MENSTRUATION.-TREATMENT. § 21. A woman who is subject to profuse menstruation, should take the reddish bastard balm, small burdock, orpine, stinking goose foot, pimpernel, water avens, with the ashes of a hart's horns, that has been killed with his antlers on, boiling them, as well as possible in red wine, straining the liquor carefully, and drinking it daily, till it is finished, abstaining (the while) from stimulating food. Being restrained by the above means, the blood will be habitually diverted to the thighs and ancles.
QUINSEY. $ 22. The roots of the corn bell flower, will break the quinsey, being digested in cold water, drank and retained in the mouth.
EXFOLIATION OF DEAD BONE FROM THE SKULL. $ 23. Dandelion digested in cold water, and drank, will promote the exfoliation of the skull in aged men.
ISSUES AND SEATONS.
6 24. Viper's garlic, and shepherd's needle. The juice of the roots will form an issue, that of the leaves a seaton.
ISSUES AND WORMS. $ 25. The roots of the mugwort boiled in wine, will form an issua also; the leaves treated in like manner will destroy worms.
AN IMPOSTUME. $26. Comfrey root, dock root, valerian root, butter, old lard, and sulphur, pounded well together, and expressed through a cloth, are useful for an impostume.
YOUNG PORK, AND MUTTON. § 27. Froin the time of calving up to fifteen days, cow's milk will be heating, and from thence until she is in calf, as long as she remains in profit, the milk will be heating. The flesh of a sow, under a year, and sheep flesh are watery, and for the man whose flesh is flabby in consequence of disease, such meat is not proper.
WHOLESOME MEATS.-VENISON AND PORK, PARTRDIGE AND
THE HEN, FLATFISH, BASS, AND TROUT. § 28. The most wholesome wild beast's flesh is venison. The most wholesome domestic animal's flesh is pork. The most wholesome wild fowl's flesh is partridge. The most wholesome domestic bird's flesh is that of the hen. The most wholesome sea fish is the flatfish. The most wholesome fresh water fish is the bass and the trout.
ECZEMA OR HUMID TETTER, $ 29. For a humid tetter : honey of ivy, fox marrow, and white rosin.
TOOTHACHE.-TREATMENT. § 30. For the toothache. Take the inner bark of the ivy, and the leaves of the honeysuckle, bruising them well together in a mortar, expressing them through a linen cloth into both nostrils, the patient lying on his back, and it will relieve him.
1 “ The best hunted flesh is venison." Prov. 2 « Tbe best animal meat is mutton.” Prov, 3. The best sea fish are the founders." Prov. 4 - The best fresh water fish is trout.” Prov.
DEAFNESS. DROPS. CAUTERY.
$31. For deafness. Take a ram’s urine, and eel's bile, and the juice of ash, expressing the same into the ear, and about the tooth. The actual cautery should also be applied behind the ear and angle of the jaw, a nut being inserted therein. This is a good plan.
A VIPER'S BITE. STRANGE PROPOSAL FOR EXTRACTING THE
VENOM BY MEANS OF FOWLS.
$ 32. For the bite of a viper. If the patient be a male, let a living cock be procured, and let the anal extremity be applied to the wound, and so held. This is a good plan. If the patient be a woman, let a living hen be procured and applied in the same way. This will extract the venom.
CRUSTED SCALL, OR IMPETIGO CAPITIS.
$ 33. For a crusted scall. Take goat's dung, barley meal and red wine, boil together into a poultice, and apply to the part. This is the remedy, when the sore is not opened (by the forcible removal of the crust.)
HEADACHE, AND PAIN OF JOINTS. TREATMENT BY COUNTER
$ 34. For headache or pain in the joints. Take cakes of pounded wheat, and grind into fine meal. Then take wood sorrel, dandelion, betony, and red wine, bruising them together in a mortar well, then mixing them throughly together on the fire, adding ox tallow and salt thereto freely. Let this plaster, spread on thick cloth, be then applied to the shaven scalp. This will induce the breaking forth of boils, thereby extracting the venom, and relieving the patient.