CHAP. 53.—THE PALM CALLED ELATE: SIXTEEN REMEDIES.
The palm called "elate,"1
or "spathe," furnishes its buds,
leaves, and bark for medicinal purposes. The leaves are applied to the thoracic regions, stomach, and liver, and to spreading
ulcers, but they are adverse to cicatrization. The bark2
tree, while tender, mixed with wax and resin, heals itch-scab
in the course of twenty days: a decoction, also, is made of it
for diseases of the testes. Used as a fumigation, it turns the
hair black, and brings away the fœtus. It is given in drink,
also, for diseases of the kidneys, bladder, and thoracic organs;
but it acts injuriously upon the head and nerves. The decoction of this bark has the effect, also, of arresting fluxes of the
uterus and the bowels: the ashes of it are used with white wine
for griping pains in the stomach, and form a very efficacious
remedy for affections of the uterus.