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But we shall now proceed to point out the various classes of remedies for the several parts of the body, and the maladies to which those parts are subject, beginning in the first place with the head.

The root of nymphæa heraclia1 effects the cure of alopecy, if they are beaten up together,2 and applied. The polythrixs3 differs from the callitrichos4 in having white, rushlike suckers, larger leaves, and more numerous; the main stem,5 too, is larger. This plant strengthens the hair, prevents it from falling off, and makes it grow more thickly.

1 See c. 37 of this Book, and B. xxvi. c. 28.

2 There seems to be an hiatus here. From the words of Dioscorides. B iii. c. 138, it would appear that pitch was the other ingredient, to be beaten up with the plant.

3 The same as the Polytrichos of B. xxii. c. 30.

4 B. xxii. c. 30, he makes them to be the same plant, and it is most probable that they may be both referred to the Asplenium trichoimanes of linnæus.

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