CHAP. 61.—REMEDIES FOR DISEASES OF THE GENERATIVE ORGANS
AND OF THE FUNDAMENT.
For diseases of the fundament, a sovereign remedy is bear's
gall, mixed with the grease; to which some persons are in the
habit of adding litharge and frankincense. Butter, too, is very
good, employed with goose-grease and oil of roses. The proportions in which they are mixed will be regulated by the
circumstances of the case, care being taken to see that they are
of a consistency which admits of their being easily applied.
Bull's gall upon lint is a remarkably useful remedy, and has
the effect of making chaps of the fundament cicatrize with
great rapidity. Swellings of those parts are treated with veal
suet—that from the loins in particular—mixed with rue. For
other affections, goats' blood is used, with polenta. Goats'
gall, too, is employed by itself, for the cure of condylomata, and
sometimes, wolf's gall, mixed with wine.
Bears' blood is curative of inflamed tumours and apostemes upon these parts in general; as also bulls' blood, dried
and powdered. The best remedy, however, is considered to
be the stone which the wild ass1
voids with his urine, it is
said, at the moment he is killed. This stone, which is in a
somewhat liquefied state at first, becomes solid when it reaches
the ground: attached to the thigh, it; disperses all collections
of humours and all kinds of suppurations: it is but rarely
found, however, and it is not every wild ass that produces it,
but as a remedy it is held in high esteem. Asses' urine too,
used in combination with gith, is highly recommended; the
ashes of a horse's hoof, applied with oil and water; a horse's
blood, that of a stone-horse in particular; the blood, also, of an
ox or cow, or the gall of those animals. Their flesh too, applied
warm, is productive of similar results; the hoofs reduced to
ashes, and taken in water or honey; the urine of a she-goat;
the flesh of a he-goat, boiled in water; the dung of these
animals, boiled with honey; or else a boar's gall, or swine's
urine, applied in wool.
Riding on horseback, we well know, galls and chafes the
inside of the thighs: the best remedy for accidents of this
nature is to rub the parts with the foam which collects at a
horse's mouth. Where there are swellings in the groin, arising2
from ulcers, a cure is effected by inserting in the sores three
horse-hairs, tied with as many knots.