CHAP. 27.—THE AMPELOS AGRIA, OR WILD VINE: FOUR REMEDIES.
Ampelos agria, or wild vine, is the name of a plant with
leaves of an ashy colour, as already1
stated in our description
of the cultivated plants, and long, tough twigs of a red hut,
like that of the flower which we have mentioned,2
when speaking of violets, under the name of "flame of Jove." It bears
a seed which resembles the grains of the pomegranate. The
root, boiled in three cyathi of water, with the addition of two
cyathi of Coan wine, is slightly laxative to the bowels, and is
consequently given for dropsy. It is curative also of uterine
affections, and of spots upon the face in females. It is found
a good plan for patients afflicted with sciatica to use the juice
of this plant, bruised, applied topically, with the leaves.