CHAP. 5.—GALL-NUTS: TWENTY-THREE REMEDIES.
And no fewer are the varieties of the gall-nut which we
we have, for instance, the full-bodied gallnut, the perforated one, the white, the black, the large, the
small, all of them possessed of similar properties; that, however, of Commagene is generally preferred. These substances
remove fleshy excrescences on the body, and are serviceable for
affections of the gums and uvula,2
and for ulcerations of the
mouth. Burnt, and then quenched in wine, they are applied
topically in cases of cœliac affections and dysentery, and with
honey, to whitlows, hang-nails, malformed nails, running ulcers,
condylomatous swellings, and ulcerations of the nature known as
Adecoction of them in wine is used as an injection
for the ears, and as a liniment for the eyes, and in combination
with vinegar they are employed for eruptions and tumours.
The inner part of the gall, chewed, allays tooth-ache, and is
good for excoriations between the thighs, and for burns. Taken
unripe in vinegar, they reduce the volume of the spleen; and,
burnt and then quenched in salt and vinegar, they are used as
a fomentation for excessive menstruation and procidence of
the uterus. All varieties of the gall-nut stain the hair black.