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Sphagnos, sphacos, or bryon, grows, as we have already1 stated, in Gaul. A decoction of it, employed as a sitting-bath, is useful for affections of the uterus: mixed with nasturtium, and beaten up in salt water, it is good for the knees and for swellings in the thighs. Taken in drink with wine and dried resin, it acts very powerfully as a diuretic. Pounded in wine with juniper berries, and taken in drink, it draws off the water in dropsy.

1 In B. xii. c. 50. Various lichens probably were called by this name. No use is made of them in modern medicine.

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