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

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hour of ye Sun, ye Sun then being in Leo, & ye Moon increas= -ing in Light, if it be hanged about ye neck, helpeth much. Likewise doth Pellitory. {1}For tetters & ringworms. Take black sope, & almost as much Ginger in pouder, mix them well together, then anoint therewith any Tetters or Ringworms every day for 4 or 5 days together, & 'twill certainly heale. proved. -------------------------- {2}Take white Copperas, ye quantity of two beans, & put it into a pint of clear water, till it be dissolued & melted, & with the water wash ye place, till it be whole. proved. ------------------------ {3}Stamp Celandine & lay it to any Tetter or Ringworm or any other such like called Imsperigo or Spergo, shift= -ing it twice euery day with new, for ye space of a fortnight & 'twill quite destroy them. It will also put away with ye like using any black spots with ye like using thereof. whereso= -ever in the body they be. { Allum boild in the water Veriuice & so[...] honey put into it, healls, if yow wash ye place 3 or 4 ti -------------------------- {1}To provoke sleep. White Poppy & henbane seed a little stamped, & tempered with ye white of an Egge, & laid to ye forehead provoketh sleep. proved. often. -------------------------- {2}Take ye Iuice of henbane, Lettice, plantane, poppy, of ye Leaves of Mandrake, Ivy, mulberry & hemlock, of each one dram; of Opium & Ivy-berries of either as much; stamp the Ivy-berries & ye Opium together; & mix ye Iuices & them well together; then dip a spung into ye same, & let it drink it all up, then lay ye same spunge in ye Sun to dry: afterwards lay ye

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33 same spunge to ye parties Nose whom yow would have sleep, & he will sleep quickly: & when yow will awake him, dip another spunge in vinegar & hold it to his Nose & he will awake within a while after. This is excellent & true.

{1}Against Costivenes. Seeth mallows & red Nettles together in fair water, & let ye party sit close over ye same, & receive yefume thereof up into his fundament, & it will help him certainly & speedily (God willing) Often proved

{1}For an Imposthume, bile, Carbuncle, plague sore xc. Coriander Seed made in pouder, & mixt with honey, & implaistered upon a Carbuncle, or other grievous biles, destroys ye same quite

{2}If yow seeth barley, dry beans, & liquorish cut in pieces, of each a like quantity, altogether in fair water, & drink a good draught thereof with some sugar every morning fasting, & at night going to bed, 5 or 6 days together, or more, it will destroy an Imposthume, & shall thereby avoid & cast out yesame. proved.

{3}Bay salt well beaten into pouder & sifted, & incorporated or mixt with ye Yolk of an Egge, & so laid upon any Car= -buncle, plague sore, bile, or Imposthume (assuredly by Gods grace) will draw to it self all ye venom of ye Plague or sore, & break any bile or other thing, so yat in short time ye same will be heald. A tried thing.

{4}A most perfect remedy for them yat are infected with ye plague, for Carbuncles, pestilentiall pustes, holy fire xc

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34 Take ye ripe berries of Ivy, being dried in ye shadow, then stamp them & make them into pouder, of which pouder take half a dram in 2 or 3 ounces of ye water of Plantain, & remain still in ye bed, untill yow have sweat very well, & after that, out on a clean shirt well aired at ye fire; & if yow may Conveniently let ye sheets, & Clothes of ye bed be shifted. There have been some healed with this Order in one night. Alexis of Piemont saw one helpt with taking this pouder twice viz. morning & evening, having two sores appearing, which with this pouder broke ye next day after, & so recovered. {1}For a burn. Salt dissolved in water or brine, presently with his strength doth put away ye pains & ye heat of any burning, whether it be with Gun pouder, oyl, pitch, scalding water, burning Coles, burning Iron, xc especially if it be bathed with Linnen Clothes, wet therein, & applied to ye place burnt {Also to wash ye burnt or scalld place with Brand is excellent good both to fetch out the fire and heall it. often proved/} {2}Take Oyl-olive, & put it into cold water, & stir it well together, till it be well mixed, then anoint ye burned place therwith, & lay a wort leaf upon it, & it will help it speedily. {3}For a scald or burn yat it be not seen. Take Sheeps Sewet & Sheeps dung, & ye inner rind of Elder & boil them altogether, then strain them through

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35 Also sheeps dung mixed with vinegar cureth burn or scald. --------------------------- a course Canvas cloth, & so keep it in some clean vessel which when yow do use, yow must melt in a saucer, or some other thing, & lay on ye burnt place with a feather. --------------------------------- {1}For ye head-ach. The iuice of ground-Ivy, snuft up into ye nose out of a spoon or saucer, purgeth ye head marvelously, & takes away ye greatest & oldest pain thereof that is. This medicine is worth Gold, though very cheap. I have known (sayeth ye Author) them yat have had marvellous pains in their heads for ye space of 12 years, & this helpt them presently, & never had ye pain since they took it. ----------------------- {2}If yeLeaves of Eldern, first made hot between two tiles tile-stones, & then applied hot to ye forehead & temples, if any pain lye thereof, it helpeth marvelously. proved. ------------------------ {3}The iuice of Coleworts put or snuft into ye nostrills, doth purge ye head much, & helpeth ye antient pains thereof. proved. ----------------------- {4}Take of bay salt stamped by it self, as much Cumin-seed stamped by itself, as much brown fennell, & then stamp them alltogether, then with as much pure vinegar & a little Rosewater, mix & stir them alltogether in a dish over a chafing-dish of hot Coles, & then lay some of ye same hot upon a Cloth, & apply it to ye hinder part of ye head at night, and tye it fast thereto yat it fall not away: And so do ye next night, & so 9 nights together; one after another; it will not only help ye same (perhaps at 3 or 4 times using) but also will clear ye sight & draw ye humours clear away, yat run out of ye head into ye eyes, & dry up ye same. This medicine never faills.

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36 The leaves of Asarabacca dries to powder & taken into thye nostril like snuff is a most excellent & approved thing for thye headache it must be taken when going to bed & so ly in thye nose all night

{5}This is excellent to purge thye head of naughty humours, & to help thye head-ach, thye swimming of the head, & Megrim. Wash the Roots of Beets, & cut away the uppermost bark, then stamp the same, & wring out the Iuice thereof, & snuff some of it into the nose, & a marvellous effect will follow.

{6}For Rheum in the head. Rub the leaf of a Marigold between your fingers, & put the same into your nose let it stay there a little while : & it will bring forth a bundante of humours out of your head, & will cleanse it of Rheum in a short time, if youw use it.

{7} Take a little stick & ty about the end thereof old Oken Leaves; then cut them something round, & hold the same Leaves in your mouth, as deep, & as far as you may suffer it well (holding the stick between your teeth) & so hold your mouth over a dish, & there will abundance of humours avoid out of your mouth; & within a while, wash it in fair water the said Leaves on the stick, and then hold it in your mouth so again: Do this for the space of half an hour & use this 3 or 4 times a day for 3 or 4 times days together, or untill you have avoided as much watry hu humours as you think good, This is the best and presentest Remedy for helping of the Rh^eum, that ever I knew. Whosoever [p...es] it, shall find it an excellent thing.

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