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Molon1 is a plant with a striated stem, a soft diminutive leaf, and a root four fingers in length, at the extremity of which there is a head like that of garlic; by some persons it is known as "syron." Taken in wine, it is curative of affections of the stomach, and of hardness of breathing. For similar purposes the greater centaury is used, in an electuary; juice also of plantago, or else the plant itself, eaten with the food; pounded betony, in the proportion of one pound to half an ounce of Attic honey, taken daily in warm water; and aristolochia2 or agaric, taken in doses of three oboli, in warm water or asses' milk.

For hardness of breathing an infusion of cissanthemos3 is taken in drink, and for the same complaint, as also for asthma, hyssop. For pains in the liver, chest, and side, if unattended with fever, juice of peucedanum is used. For spitting of blood agaric is employed, in doses of one victoriatus,4 bruised and administered in five cyathi of honied. wine: amomum,5 too, is equally useful for that purpose. For liver diseases in particular, teucria6 is taken fresh, in doses of four drachme to one hemina of oxycrate; or else betony, in the proportion of one drachma to three cyathi of warm water. For diseases or the heart, betony is recommended, in doses of one drachma to two cyathi of cold water. Juice of cinquefoil is remedial for diseases of the liver and lungs, and for spitting of blood as well as all internal affections of the blood. The two varieties of anagallis7 are wonderfully efficacious for liver complaints. Patients who eat the plant called "capnos"8 discharge the bile by urine. Acoron9 is also remedial for diseases of the liver, and daucus10 is useful for the thorax and the pectoral organs.

1 Possibly the same plant as the "Moly" of B. xxv. c. 8. If so, as Fée says, it would appear to belong to the genus Allium, or garlic.

2 See B. xxv. c. 84.

3 See B. xxv. c. 68.

4 See Introduction to Vol. III.

5 See B. xii. c. 28. Fée says that none of these so-called remedies would now be recognised.

6 See B. xxv. c. 20.

7 See B. xxv. c. 92.

8 See B. xxv. c. 99.

9 See B. xxv. c. 100.

10 See 1B. xxv. c. 64.

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