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Acorns,1 pounded with salted axle-grease,2 are curative of those indurations known as "cacoethe."3 The acorn of the holm-oak, however, is the most powerful in its effects; ad( in all these trees the bark is still more efficacious, as well as the inner membrane which lies beneath it. A decoction of this last is good for cœliac affections; and it is applied topically in cases of dysentery, as well as the acorns, which are em- ployed also for the treatment of stings inflicted by serpents, fluxes, and suppurations. The leaves, acorns, and bark, as well as a decoction prepared from them, are good as counter- poisons. A decoction of the bark, boiled in cows' milk, is used topically for stings inflicted by serpents, and is administered in wine for dysentery. The holm-oak is possessed of similar properties.

1 Acorns, as well as the bark of the various kinds of oak, are of an astringent nature.

2 Or, hogs' lard.

3 In the singular number, "cacoethes," "a bad habit;" signifying a Malignant or cancerous tumour.

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