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The chamæsyce1 has leaves similar to those of the lentil, and lying close to the ground; it is found growing in dry, rocky, localities. A decoction of it in wine is remarkably useful as a liniment for improving2 the sight, and for dispersing cataract, cicatrizations, films, and cloudiness of the eyes. Applied in a pledget of linen, as a pessary, it allays pains in the uterus; and used topically3 it removes warts and excrescences of all kinds. It is very useful also for hardness of breathing.

1 Or "ground fig." The Euphorbia chamæsyce, or annual spurge.

2 The juices are irritating and acrid, and would in reality be highly dangerous to the eyes.

3 Owing to its caustic powers, it really is good for the removal of warts.

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