Antonius Musa, the Emperor Augustus's physician, said that the herb "preserved the liver and body of man from the danger of epidemical problems, and also from witchcraft." He also claimed that it supported symptoms of forty-seven different disorders.
Betony has a root with a disagreeable taste, emetic and purgative in a dose of 2-4 grams in 190-250 grams of a suitable vehicle. This plant, the Ancients advise great caution in its use, and to which they ascribed the most wonderful virtues, has today, lost this reputation.
The leaves, dried and help reduced to a fine powder, are still used as sternutatories because of their bitter stimulant properties. Taken like snuff, Betony provokes the excretion of the mucous membrane in the nasal passages, producing a useful revulsion in some cases of ophthalmy, odontalgia, persistent headache and chronic coughing.
Culpeper writes: "The herb is appropriated to the planet Jupiter and the sign Aries... and causes an easy and speedy delivery of women in child-birth."
Although found growing wild throughout England, betony was commonly cultivated in monastic herb-gardens.
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