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The root of the rush, boiled down to one third in three heminæ of water, is a cure for cough; the seed of it, parched and taken in water, arrests looseness of the bowels and the menstrual discharge, though at the same time it causes headache. The name given to this rush is holoschœnus; the parts of it nearest the root are chewed, as a cure for the bites of spiders.

I find mention made, also, of one other kind of rush, the name of which is "euripice;"1 the seed, they say, is narcotic, but the greatest care is necessary, not to throw the patient into a lethargy.

1 Mentioned also by Dioscoridcs. It has not been identified.

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