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Also light food, such as nourishing fluids mixed with sugar, bee honey, barley soup, toasted rusk, soaked twice, or thin biscuits as prepared for sick people. We can also include here such medication as is also taken in good health, like the drinks used by healthy people—oxymel, rose and lemon water, violets and the like—and the syrups that are of equal quality, such as rose sugar, violet sugar and myrobalan jam. THE COMPOUND DRUGS In the same fashion we must take the fluids compounded out of light and reliable drugs, such as licorice, coriander, oxtongue, endive seed, eryngo leaves, panicaut, asparagus root, rind of lettuce root, fennel root, celery, cucumber seed, portulaca, portulaca oleracea, sugar melon, althea wood and seed and their like.

And let no one criticize us for finding in this chapter and in the rest of our composition statements that were already mentioned in other articles that we have written before. Because every chapter was written as an answer to a special inquiry and not as a composition that aims to teach medicine to people. And from the Lord I ask for help and integrity. CHAPTER I About the Care of Health in General Fit for Every Man and Stated Briefly It is our intention to relate in this chapter items that are easy to remember.

In the morning it should be strained over three ounces of filtered syrup of roses. After he takes this he should abstain from food until the completion of six hours from the rising of the sun. FOR CONSTIPATION If the stools have become very hard it is best that he should take cassia fistula. And here is the mode of its preparation: oxtongue herb—four drachmas; licorice, cleaned and shelled, herba fontis, barberry seeds—three drachmas of each; althea seeds—five drachmas; moist roses of seven petals, anethum—seven hearts.

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