CHAP. 34.—TWELVE REMEDIES DERIVED FROM CHEESE.
We have already1
spoken of the different kinds of cheese
when treating of the mamillæ and other parts of animals.
Sextius attributes the same properties to mares' milk cheese
that he does to cheese made of cows' milk: to the former he
gives the names of "hippace." Cheese is best for the stomach when not salted, or, in other words, when new cheese is
used. Old [salted] cheese has a binding effect upon the
bowels, and reduces the flesh, but is more wholesome to
the stomach [than new salted cheese]. Indeed, we may pronounce of aliments in general, that salt meats reduce the system,
while fresh food has a tendency to make flesh. Fresh cheese,
applied with honey, effaces the marks of bruises. It acts,
also, emolliently upon the bowels; and, taken in the form of
tablets, boiled in astringent wine and then toasted with honey on
a platter, it modifies and alleviates griping pains in the bowels.
The cheese known as "saprum,"2
is beaten up, in wine, with
salt and dried sorb apples, and taken in drink, for the cure of
celiac affections. Goats' milk cheese, pounded and applied to
the part affected, is a cure for carbuncle of the generative organs;
sour cheese, also, with oxymel, is productive of a similar effect.
In the bath it is used as a friction, alternately with oil, for the
removal of spots.