CHAP. 40.—THE CAUCALIS: TWELVE REMEDIES.
too, is an edible plant. It resembles fennel in
appearance, and has a short stem with a white flower;2
usually considered a good cordial.3
The juice, too, of this plant
is taken as a potion, being particularly recommended as a stomachic, a diuretic, an expellent of calculi and gravel, and for the
cure of irritations of the bladder. It has the effect, also, of
attenuating morbid secretions4
of the spleen, liver, and kidneys.
The seed of it acts as an emmenagogue, and dispels the bilious
secretions after child-birth: it is prescribed also, for males, in
cases of seminal weakness. Chrysippus is of opinion that this
plant promotes conception; for which purpose it is taken by
women in wine, fasting. It is employed in the form of a liniment, for wounds inflicted by marine animals of a venomous nature, at least we find it so stated by Petrichus in his poem.5