CHAP. 71.—REMEDIES FOR FEVERS.
Agaric, taken in warm water, alleviates cold fevers: sideritis,
in combination with oil, is good for tertian fevers; bruised
also, which is found in corn fields; plantago,2
in doses of two drachmæ, in hydromel, a couple of hours before
the paroxysms come on; juice of the root of plantago made
warm or subjected to pressure; or else the root itself beaten up
in water made warm with a hot iron. Some medical men prescribe three roots of plantago, in three cyathi of water; and
in a similar manner, four roots for quartan fevers. When
is beginning to wither, if a person takes the pith out
of the stem, and says while so doing, that it is for the cure
of such and such a person suffering from fever, and then
attaches seven leaves to the patient, just before the paroxysms
come on, he will experience a cure, they say.
Fevers too, those which are attended with recurrent cold
shiverings more particularly, are cured by administering one
drachma of betony, or else agaric, in three cyathi of hydromel.
Some medical men recommend three leaves of cinquefoil for
tertian, four for quartan, and an increased number for other
fevers; while others again prescribe in all cases three oboli of
cinquefoil, with pepper, in hydromel.
Vervain, administered in water, is curative of fever, in beasts
of burden even; but care must be taken, in cases of tertian
fever, to cut the plant at the third joint, and of quartan fever
at the fourth. The seed of either kind of hypericons4
also for quartan fevers and cold shiverings. Powdered betony
modifies these fits, and panaces5
is of so warming a nature
that persons when about to travel amid the snow are recommended to drink an infusion of it, and to rub the body all over
with the plant. Aristolochia6
also arrests shivering produced