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Chondris, too, or pseudodictamnon,1 acts astringently on the bowels. Hypocisthis,2 by some known also as "orobethron," is similar to an unripe pomegranate in appearance; it grows, as already stated,3 beneath the cisthus, whence its name. Dried in the shade, and taken in astringent, red wine, these plants arrest diarrhœa—for there are two kinds of hypocisthis, it must be remembered, the white and the red. It is the juice of the plant that is used, being of an astringent, desiccative, nature: that of the red kind, however, is the best for fluxes of the stomach. Taken in drink, in doses of three oboli, with amylum,4 it arrests spitting of blood; and, employed either as a potion or as an injection, it is useful for dysentery. Vervain, too, is good for similar complaints, either taken in water, or, when there are no symptoms of fever, in Aminean5 wine, the proportion being five spoonfuls to three cyathi of wine.

1 "False-dittany," or "bastard dittany." See B. xxv. c. 53.

2 The Cytinus hypocisthis of Linnæus.

3 In B. xxiv. c. 28.

4 See B. xviii. c. 17, and B. xxii. c. 67.

5 See B. xiv. c. 5.

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