CHAP. 44.—METHODS OF FACILITATING DELIVERY.
The cast-off slough of a snake, attached to the loins, facili-
tates delivery: care must be taken, however, to remove it
immediately after. It is administered, too, in wine, mixed
with frankincense: taken in any other form, it is productive
of abortion. A staff, by the aid of which a person has parted1
a frog from a snake, will accelerate parturition. Ashes of the
applied with honey, act as an emmenagogue; the
same, too, with the spider that descends as it spins its thread
from aloft; it must be taken, however, in the hollow of the
hand, crushed, and applied accordingly: if, on the contrary,
the spider is taken while ascending, it will arrest menstruation.
The stone aëtites,3
that is found in the eagle's nest, preserves
the fœtus against all insidious attempts at producing abortion.
A vulture's feather, placed beneath the feet of the woman,
accelerates parturition. It is a well-known fact, that pregnant
women must be on their guard against ravens' eggs, for if a
female in that state should happen to step over one, she will
be sure to miscarry by the mouth.4
A hawk's dung, taken in
honied: wine, would appear to render females fruitful. Goose-
grease, or that of the swan, acts emolliently upon indurations
and abscesses of the uterus.