CHAP. 74. (8.)—PINE-NUTS: THIRTEEN REMEDIES.
with the resin in them, are slightly bruised, and
then boiled down in water to one-half; the proportion of water
being one sextarius to each nut. This decoction, taken in
doses of two cyathi, is used for the cure of spitting of blood.
The bark of the tree, boiled in wine, is given for griping pains
in the bowels. The kernels of the pine-nut allay thirst, and
assuage acridities and gnawing pains in the stomach; they
tend also to neutralize vicious humours in that region, recruit
the strength, and are salutary to the kidneys and the bladder.
They would seem, however, to exercise an irritating effect2
upon the fauces, and to increase cough. Taken in water, wine,
raisin wine, or a decoction of dates, they carry off bile. For
gnawing pains in the stomach of extreme violence, they are
mixed with cucumber-seed and juice of purslain; they are employed, too, in a similar manner for ulcerations of the bladder
having a diuretic effect.