Pliny the Elder, Natural History

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XLIX. Vesicae malis contraque calculos, gravissimis cruciatibus, ut diximus, auxilio est polemonia ex vino pota, item agaricum, plantago foliis vel radice potis ex passo, vettonica ut in iocinere diximus, item ramiti pota atque inlita, eadem ad strangurias efficacissima. quidam ad calculos vettonicam et verbenacam et millefolium aequis portionibus ex aqua 79pro singulari remedio bibere suadent. strangurias discuti et dictamno certum est, item quinquefolio decocto ad tertias in vino. hoc et enterocelicis dari atque inlini utilissimum est. xiphi quoque radix superior urinam ciet. infantibus enterocelicis1 datur ex aqua et inlinitur; vesicae vitiis peucedani sueus, infantium ramiti et umbilicis eminentibus psyllion 80inlinitur. urinam cient anagallides, acori radicis decoctum vel ipsa trita potaque, et omnia vesicae vitia,2 calculos et herba et radix cotyledonis itemque genitalium inflammationem omnem pari pondere et 81caulis et seminis et murrae. ebulum teneris cum foliis tritum ex vino potum calculos pellit, inpositum testes sanat. erigeron quoque cum farina turis et vino dulci testium inflammationes sanat. symphyti radix inlita enterocelas cohibet, genitalium nomas hypocisthis

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XLIX. For diseases of the bladder and for the cureBladder diseases of stone, which causes as we have saida the most severe torture, help is obtained from polemonia taken in wine, from agaric, from leaves or root of plantain taken in raisin wine, from betony as we prescribed it for the liverb; this last, taken in drink and used as liniment, is good for hernia and wonderfully effective for strangury. Some recommend betony, vervain and millefolium, in equal parts and taken in water, as a sovereign remedy for stone. It is certain that strangury is cured by dittany also, and by cinquefoil boiled down to one third in wine. The latter preparation is very useful to be taken, and to be used locally as a liniment, by sufferers from intestinal hernia. The upper part of the root of xiphium also is diuretic; it is given in water and applied locally as liniment for intestinal hernia in infants. For bladder troubles the juice of peucedanum is applied locally, and psyllion is so applied for hernia and umbilical rupture in infants. The two kinds of anagallis are diuretic, as is a decoction of root of acoron, or the root by itself pounded and taken in drink; these are good for all troubles of the bladder,c for stone both cotyledon and its root, and also, for all inflammations of the genitals, equal parts by weight of the stem, of the seed, and of myrrh. Ebulum ground with its tender leaves and taken in wine expels stone, and applied locally cures complaints of the testicles. Erigeron too with powdered frankincense and sweet wine cures inflammation of the testicles. Root of Symphytum used as liniment reduces intestinal hernia, and white hypocisthis is

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.pliny_elder-natural_history.1938