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Of all diseases of the chest, cough is the one that is the most oppressive. For the cure of this malady, root of panaces1 in sweet wine is used, and in cases where it is attended with spitting of blood, juice of henbane. Henbane, too, used as a fumigation, is good for cough; and the same with scordotis,2 mixed with nasturtium and dry resin, beaten up with honey: employed by itself also, scordotis facilitates expectoration, a property which is equally possessed by the greater centaury, even where the patient is troubled with spitting of blood; for which last juice of plantago is very beneficial. Betony, taken in doses of three oboli in water, is useful for purulent or bloody expectorations: root also of persolata,3 in doses of one drachma, taken with eleven pine-nuts; and juice of peu- cedanum.4

For pains in the chest, acoron5 is remarkably useful; hence it is that it is so much used an ingredient in antidotes. For cough, daucus6 and the plant scythice 7 are much employed, this last being good, in fact, for all affections of the chest, coughs, and purulent expectorations, taken in doses of three oboli, with the same proportion of raisin wine. The verbascum8 too, with a flower like gold, is similarly employed.

(6.) This last-named plant is so remarkably energetic, that an infusion of it, administered in their drink, will relieve beasts of burden, not only when troubled with cough, but when broken-winded even—a property which I find attributed to gentian also. Root of cacalia9 chewed, or steeped in wine, is good for cough as well as all affections of the throat. Five sprigs of hyssop, with two of rue and three figs, act detergently upon the thoracic organs and allay cough,

1 See B. xxv. c. 11.

2 See B. xxv. c. 27.

3 See B. xxv. c. 66.

4 See B. xxv. c. 70.

5 See B. xxv. c. 100.

6 See B. xxv. c. 64.

7 See B. xxii. c. 11, and B. xxv. c. 43. Our Liquorice probably, which, Fée remarks, as also figs and hyssop, has maintained its ancient reputation as a pectoral.

8 See B. xxv. c. 73.

9 See B. xxv. c. 85.

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