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Abscesses and inflammations are cured by an application of leaves of argemonia.1 For indurations and gatherings of all descriptions a decoction of vervain or cinquefoil in vinegar is used; leaves or root of verbascum;2 a liniment made of wine and hyssop; root of acoron,3 a decoction of it being used as a fomentation; or else aizoüm.4 Contusions also, hard tumours, and fistulous abscesses are treated with illecebra.5

All kinds of foreign substances which have pierced the flesh are extracted by using leaves of tussilago,6 daucus,7 or seed of leontopodium8 pounded in water with polenta.9 To suppurations, leaves of pycnocomon10 are applied, beaten up with polenta, or else the seed of that plant, or orchis.11 An application of root of satyrion12 is said to be a most efficacious remedy for deep-seated diseases of the bones. Corrosive ulcers and all kinds of gatherings are treated with sea-weed,13 used before it has dried. Root, too, of alcima14 disperses gatherings.

1 See B. xxv. c. 56.

2 See B. xxv. c. 73.

3 See B. xxv. c. 100.

4 See B. xxv. c. 102.

5 See B. xxv. c. 103.

6 See B. xxiv. c. 85.

7 See B. xxv. c. 64.

8 See B. xxvii. c. 72.

9 See B. xviii. c. 14.

10 See Chapters 36 and 77 of this Book.

11 See c. 62 of this Book.

12 See c. 62 of this Book.

13 See c. 66 of this Book.

14 Probably the "Alcea" of B. xxvii. c. 6. See also B. xxv. c. 77.

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