CHAP. 86.—CULTIVATED LAPATHUM: TWENTY-ONE REMEDIES. BULAPATHUM: ONE REMEDY.
As to garden lapathum,1
it is good in liniments on the
forehead for defluxions of the eyes. The root of it cures
lichens and leprous sores, and a decoction of it in wine is
remedial for scrofulous swellings, imposthumes of the parotid
glands, and calculus of the bladder. Taken in wine it is a
cure for affections of the spleen, and employed as a fomentation,
it is equally good for cœliac affections, dysentery, and
tenesmus. For all these purposes, the juice of lapathum is
found to be even still more efficacious. It acts as a carminative and diuretic, and dispels films on the eyes: put
into the bath, or else rubbed upon the body, without oil,
before taking the bath, it effectually removes all itching sensations. The root of it, chewed, strengthens the teeth, and a
decoction of it in wine arrests2
looseness of the stomach:
the leaves, on the other hand, relax it.
Not to omit any particulars, Solo has added to the above
varieties a bulapathon,3
which differs only from the others in
the length of the root. This root, taken in wine, is very
beneficial for dysentery.