CHAP. 94.—THE PERICLYMENOS: FIVE REMEDIES.
is also a shrub-like plant, with two
whitish, soft, leaves, arranged at intervals. At the extremity,
among the leaves, is the seed, hard, and very difficult to
pluck. It grows in ploughed fields and hedges, entwining
around every object from which it can gain support. The seed
is dried in the shade, pounded, and divided into lozenges.
These lozenges are left to dissolve, in three cyathi of white
wine, for a period of thirty days, and are given for diseases of
the spleen; the volume of which is gradually diminished either
by discharges of bloody urine, or else by alvine evacuation,
the effects of the medicament being perceptible at the end of
ten days. The leaves, boiled, act as a diuretic, and are useful
for hardness of breathing. Taken in drink, in manner above-
mentioned, they facilitate delivery, and bring away the afterbirth.