CHAP. 21.—GEUM: THREE REMEDIES.
is a plant with thin, diminutive roots, black, and
It is curative not only of pains in the chest and
sides, but is useful also for dispelling crudities, owing to its
agreeable flavour. Vervain, too, is good for all affections of
the viscera, and for diseases of the sides, lungs, liver, and
thorax. But one invaluable remedy for diseases of the lungs,
and for cases of incipient phthisis, is the root of consiligo, a
plant only very recently discovered, as already3
is a most efficient remedy also for pulmonary diseases in swine
and cattle, even though only passed through the ear of the
animal. When used, it should he taken in water, and kept
for a considerable time in the mouth, beneath the tongue.
Whether the part of this plant which grows above ground is
useful or not for any purpose, is at present unknown. Ilantago,
eaten with the food, betony taken in drink, and agaric taken
in the way prescribed for cough, are useful, all of them, for
diseases of the kidneys.