Epurge, Spurge
- Euphorbia

Epurge_Euphorbia_Spurge

EPURGE, vient en toute terre sans soin & sans culture: se multiplie de semences & de plant enraciné en Mars.

Le fruit de cette plante est le purgatif des paysans; ils en avalent environ une douzaine. C’est un purgatif très-violent, & don’t on ne doit user qu’avec prudence. On le corrige ordinairement avec quelque sel fixe, comme dabsynthe, de tamarise, de petite centaurée, ou quelqu’autre de même nature. On se sert plus ordinairement en médecine de la petite espéce de cette plante, qu’on nomme Petite Esule. On prend l’écorce des racines qu’on fait macerer dans le vinaigre pendant vingt-quatre heures. On l’ordonne en sustance jusqu’à trente grains, & jusqu’à un gros en infusion, dans les maladies d’obstruction, comme dans la jaunisse, les pâles couleurs, l’hydropisie.

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SPURGE, comes in all soil without care & without cultivation: multiplies from seeds & rooted plant in March.

The fruit of this plant is the purgative of the peasants; they swallow about a dozen [leaves]. It is a very violent purgative, and one that should only be used with caution. It is usually corrected with some fixed salt, such as absynthe, tamarisk, knapweed, or something similar. The small species of this plant, called Dwarf Spurge, is more commonly used medicinally. Take the bark of the roots and macerate in vinegar for 24 hours. It is used in preparations up to thirty grains, & up to one pound in infusion, in obstructive diseases, as in jaundice, pallor [anemia], dropsy.


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