CHAP. 77.—SEVENTEEN REMEDIES DERIVED FROM THE BACCHAR.
ONE REMEDY DERIVED FROM THE COMBRETUM.
The bacchar that is used in medicine is by some of our
writers called the "perpressa." It is very useful for the stings
of serpents, head-ache and burning heats in the head, and
for defluxions of the eyes. It is applied topically for swellings
of the mamillæ after delivery, as also incipient fistulas1
eyes, and erysipelas; the smell of it induces sleep. It is
found very beneficial to administer a decoction of the root for
spasms, falls with violence, convulsions, and asthma. For an
inveterate cough, three or four roots of this plant are boiled
down to one-third; this decoction acting also as a purgative
for women after miscarriage, and removing stitch in the side,
and calculi of the bladder. Drying powders2
are prepared also from this plant; and it is laid among garments for the smell.3
The combretum which we have spoken4
of as resembling the bacchar, beaten up with axle-grease, is a
marvellous cure for wounds.