Royal College of Physicians: A collection of medical receipts (MS504)

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17 {1}For ye pain of ye Collick, & of ye back. The decoction of Holliock with hony & butter, being drunk, doth help marvellously. This is excellent & proved. {2}To break ye wind in ye belly. Take Cummin-seed, fennell seed and Anisse seed of each a like & beat them to pouder, then seeth ye same in Wine, & drink a good draught thereof first & last 4 or 5 days together, & yow shall find great help {1}For ye Cramp. Whose useth to rub their fingers between ye toes of their feet when they go to bed, especiaally when they smell most, & then to smell ye same at their nose, it is a perfect remedy, do this 2 or 3 times a week if yow are subject to it {2}The little bone in ye knee ioynt of ye hinder legge of an hare doth presently help ye Cramp, if you touch ye grieved place therewith . Often proved. Also a peece of Briony root, called also wildvine held hard in ye hand imediately takes away ye pain you may carry it in your pocket dry for ye purpose {1}To staunch blood. The three-cornered stone in a Carp, which is to be found in ye hinder part of ye head, nigh unto ye neck, beaten small, & blown into ye Nose, doth stay ye bleeding of ye Nose, by his binding faculty: which may be perceived by the tasting thereof. Proved. {2}If one bleed on ye right side of ye Nose, bow & press hard ye parties att right little finger that bleeds: If on ye left side, then yat little finger in like Case for this will stop ye bleeding. Common & proved. [vw]. p:60 {3}If a spider be put in a Limon Cloth a little bruised, and holden to ye nose yat bleeds (but touch not ye nose there

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18 with, onely smell to ye same) by & by, ye blood will stay. This is very true, for ye venemous Spider is such an enemy to mans blood, yat ye blood draws back, & shuns ye spider plsently. Also a bit of an hat (some say of any woollen Cloth) burnt & ye ashes bound upon any cut or green wound, not only stoppeth the bleednig, but healeth ye same probatum {1}Let ye party yat bleedeth chew ye root of a Nettle in his mouth but swallow it not down , & without doubt ye blood will stanch; for if one keep it in his mouth he can loose noe blood --- It seems as if this stops ye bleeding of nose or wounds. ------------------------ {2}Primrose Leaves stampt, & laid in ye place yat bleedeth, stancheth ye blood. Often proved. So doth yarrow an herb. ----------------------- {3}The Webs of Spiders (ye more venomous ye better) being applied to a Wound, will stop ye bleeding of ye same, for they are of great force & stiptick for all flux of blood; let it not be despised because 'tis easy to be had, for ye web of ye spider is in many Cases as good as ye silk-worms. This may serve as was said, till a Chirurgeon may be had. ----------------- NB. Beware yat nothing bind thy body hard when thou bleedest, & then hold thy handfull of shepherds-purse, & stedfastly look up to yeSun, & ye bleeding will cease. proved. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- {1}For ye Dropsie. If yow seeth Briony in water, & use to drink ye same, it cures. ------------- {2}The roots of Eldern sod, & strained, & drunk 30 days to -gether, thrice every day (i) morning, noon & night, doth cure perfectly.

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{19} Snails without their shells, or otherwise with their shells stamped (& mixed sometimes with Cheslep or Rennett), do draw out thorns or any other thing out of ye flesh, though never so {3} deep, if applyed to ye place. -------And also being laid to ye belly of them yat have ye Dropsie, they draw out ye water: but ye same must not be loosed from ye belly, untill all ye humors or water be sweat forth, or else ye plaister of snails doth fall away of it's self. -------------------------- {4} Water or Wine wherein Wallwort is sod (if a good draught thereof be drunk every day first & last for ye space of 20 days at ye most) doth heall perfectly. This is excellent. --------------------------- {5} If such as be swoln with ye Dropsie do ly 3 days & 3 nights in their beds well covered round about in sodden barley, it helps perfectly. This was proved by them yat came swoln from Guming ------------------------------------- Yow shall know whether ye Dropsie be hot or Cold by this following If ye swelling begin first at ye feet, & goe upward then it comes of an hot Cause; but if it begin first in ye face, & goe downward, then it comes from a Cold Cause. --------------------- If one be wounded yat hath ye Dropsie, 'tis hard to heall him. ------------------------- {6} For swoln Legs. Take Mallows & seeth them in water, then stamp them well & strain them, then put thereto Barrows grease & fry them together, untill it be something thick, & like an Oyntment, lay some thereof upon a Cloth & make a plaister, & apply it to ye sore & swoln Leg, and lay lay a new plaister thereto twice a day morning & Evening 3 or 4 days together, & by that time twill be as small as the other. Proved.

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20 {1}For ye eyes. The paring of an Apple cut something thick ye inside whereof laid to hot burning or run -ning eyes at night, going to Bed, & tyed or bound to the same, doth help ye same speedily. A secret. ------------------- {2}A rare secret to consume ye Web in ye Eye often proved Take 9 little worms with feet (of some called Swine lice) if they are toucht they become as round as a button; stamp them with a little juice of Wood -bine or Betony; then strain ye same well; & let ye party grieved, drink it in a morning something warmed do this 3 mornings together, & twill help etc --------------------- {3}The white of an Egg, & ye Juice of Pelitory of the Wall well beaten together, & skined & then one drop of ye same put into ye Eye, doth heall ye web. proved. -------------- {4}Wormwood newly stamped with ye white of an Egge, & laid over ye Eyes takes away ye blood & rednes thereof, of what humour soever it comes. proved often. ................... {5}Put two of three seeds of Oculus Christi (or more as occasion shall serve) & within a while after yow shall not feell them, for they wil run up & down not grieving ye sight but at last they will drop out of themselves, compassed about with slimy water which hinders yesig ht: thus if yow use them, they will clean & clear ye eyes marvellously purging out all corruption & white slime. proved. ------------------------ Quicksilver, & worth sowd up in a little linen Collar & worn about ye neck keeps Rheums out of ye eyes - probatum -

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21 {6}A pece of raw beef not too thick nor too thin (being steeped all ye night before in good Aqua Composita). & applyed to ye Temples of ye forehead, without removing all night, & thus doing 3 or 4 nights, doth help the watering & pains in ye Eyes, & all distillacions or Rheums yat come from ye brain. A secret. ------------------- {7}A marvellous water, which will (with God's blessing) recover ye sight again, hindred of any Cause wherewith Constantine ye Emperor recovered his sight. Take 3 drams of Tuty made in very small pouder, as much of Aloe epaticum in pou= -der, two drams of fine sugar, six ounces of Rose water, as much of pure white wine mix all together, & put it into some clean vessell or Glass, & being closely & well stopt, let it in ye sun a month together, stirring it together once every day; then take of ye said water 4 or 5 drops in your Eyes morning & evening, & with this continuing a certain space, it causeth ye sight to come again as fair as ever. A most excellent thing & proved. ------------------ {8}Fill an Egge-shell newly emptied with ye Juice of Singreen, & set it in hot embers, & scum of the green baggage from it, & then it will be a water; then strain it, & put some of it into ye hot eyes 4 or 5 nights together, & it will cease ye burning & prickling thereof quikly.

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