CHAP. 18.—REMEDIES FOR PAINS IN THE SIDE AND IN THE LOINS.
For pains in the side, the heart of a hoopoe is highly esteemed; ashes, too, of burnt snails, that have been boiled in
a ptisan, snails being sometimes applied in the form of a liniment, alone. Potions employed for this purpose have a sprinkling in them of the ashes of a mad dog's skull. For the cure
of lumbago, the spotted lizard1
from beyond seas is used:
the head and intestines being first removed, the body is boiled
in wine, with half a denarius of black poppy, and the decoction is taken in drink. Green lizards, also, are taken with
the food, the feet and head being first removed; or else three
snails are crushed, shells and all, and boiled with fifteen peppercorns in wine. The feet of an eagle are wrenched off in a
contrary direction to the joint, and the right foot is attached
to the right side, the left foot to the left, according as the
pains are situate. The miilepede,2
which we have spoken of
as being called the "oniscos," is a cure for these pains,
taken, in doses of one denarius, in two cyathi of wine.
The magicians recommend an earth-worm to be put in a
wooden dish, which has been split and mended with iron
wire; which done, some water must be taken up with the dish,
the worm drenched with it and buried in the spot from
which it was taken, and the water drunk from the dish.
They assert, also, that this is a marvellously excellent cure for