CHAP. 30.—THE ASH: FIVE REMEDIES.
We have already1
made some mention of the virtues possessed by the ash as an antidote to the venom of serpents.
The seed of it is enclosed in follicules, which are good for
diseases of the liver, and, in combination with wine, for pains
in the sides: they are employed also for drawing off the
water in dropsy. They have the property, too, of diminishing obesity, and of gradually reducing the body to a state of
the follicules being pounded in
wine and administered in proportion to the bodily strength;
thus, for instance, to a child, five of them are given in three
cyathi of wine, but for persons in more robust health, seven
are prescribed, in five cyathi of wine.
We must not omit to state that the shavings and saw-dust
of this wood are of a highly dangerous nature, according to