CHAP. 32.—FIVE REMEDIES DERIVED FROM THE LYNX.
To foreign countries, also, belongs the lynx, which of all
quadrupeds is possessed of the most piercing sight. It is said
that in the Isle of Carpathus a most powerful medicament is
obtained by reducing to ashes the nails of the lynx, together
with the hide; that these ashes, taken in drink, have the
effect of checking abominable desires in men; and that, if they
are sprinkled upon women, all libidinous thoughts will be
restrained. They are good too for the removal of itching
sensations in any part of the body. The urine of the lynx is
a remedy for strangury; for which reason the animal, it is
said, is in the habit of rooting up the ground and covering it
the moment it is voided.1
It is mentioned, too, that this urine
is an effectual remedy for pains in the throat. Thus much
with reference to foreign animals.