CHAP. 80.—THE POPPY CALLED TITHYMALON, OR PARALION: THREE REMEDIES.
There is a third kind, again, called "tithymalon;"1
persons give it the name of "mecon," others of "paralion."
It has a white leaf, resembling that of flax, and a head the size
of a bean. It is gathered when the vine is in blossom, and
dried in the shade. The seed, taken in drink, purges the
bowels, the dose being half an acetabulum, in honied wine.
The head of every species of poppy, whether green or dry, used
as a fomentation, assuages defluxions2
of the eyes. Opium, if
taken in pure wine immediately after the sting of a scorpion,
prevents any dangerous results. Some persons, however, attribute this
virtue to the black poppy only, the head or leaves
being beaten up for the purpose.