Pliny the Elder, Natural History

LCL 393: 318-319

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Pliny: Natural History

partem eius vomitione biles extrahere, inferiorem per alvum †aqua†1


XLVII. Tormina discutit quodcumque panaces, vettonica praeterquam a cruditate, peucedani sucus et inflationes, ructus gignens, item acori radix daucumve, si lactucae modo sumatur. ladanum Cyprium potum interaneorum vitiis occurrit, gentianae farina ex aqua tepida fabae magnitudine, plantago mane sumpta duabus lingulis et tertia papaveris in vini cyathis quattuor non veteris. datur et in somnum euntibus addito nitro vel polenta, si multo post cibum detur. colo infunditur hemina suci vel in febri.



say that the upper part of it brings away the biles by vomiting, the lower part by stool.a

XLVII. Colic is cured by any kind of panaces, byDigestive troubles continued. betony, except when the cause is indigestion, by the juice of peucedanum, which also, being carminative, dispels flatulence, by the root of acoron, or by daucum, if it is taken as a salad like lettuce. Cyprian ladanum, taken in drink, is good for intestinal complaints, as also is powdered gentian, of the size of a bean, taken in warm water, or plantain taken in the morning, the dose being two spoonfuls with one of poppy in four cyathi of wine which is not old. It is also given before going to sleep with the addition of soda or pearl barley, provided that it is long after the last meal. For colitis a hemina of the juice is injected, even when fever is present.

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.pliny_elder-natural_history.1938