CHAP. 49.—REMEDIES FOR CALCULI AND DISEASES OF THE BLADDER.
For diseases of the bladder and calculi (affections which, as
produce the most excruciating torments),
is highly efficacious, taken in wine; agaric also,
and leaves or root of plantago, taken in raisin wine. Betony,
too, is very good, as already observed, when speaking3
diseases of the liver. This last plant is used also for hernia,
applied topically or taken in drink: it is remarkably efficacious
too for stranger. For calculi some persons recommend
betony, vervain, and milfoil, in equal proportions in water, as
a sovereign remedy. It is universally agreed that dittany is
curative of strangury, and that the same is the case with
ainquefoil, boiled down to one third in wine: this last plant is
very useful, too, taken internally and applied topically, for
rupture of the groin.
The upper part of the root of xiphion4
has a diuretic effect
upon infants; it is administered also in water for rupture of
the groin, and is applied topically for diseases of the bladder.
Juice of peucedanumn5
is employed for hernia in infants, and
is used as an application in cases of umbilical
bernia. The two kinds of anagallis7
are diuretic, and a
similar effect is produced by a decoction of root of acoron,8
the plant itself bruised and taken in drink; this last is
good too for all affections of the bladder. Both the stem and
root of cotyledon9
are used for the cure of calculi; and for all
inflammations of the genitals, myrrh is mixed in equal proportions with the stem and seed. The more tender leaves of
beaten up and taken with wine, expel calculi of the
bladder, and an application of them is curative of diseases of
the testes. Erigeron,11
with powdered frankincense and sweet
wine, is curative of inflammation of the testes; and root of
applied topically, reduces rupture of the groin.
The white hypocisthis 13
is curative of corroding ulcers of the
is prescribed also in sweet wine for the
cure of calculi and of strangury; and root of nymphæa heraclia,15
taken in wine, allays pains in the bladder.