bryony root

bryony root (brīˑ··nē rōōtˑ),

n Latin name:
Bryonia spp.; part used: root; uses: relieves illnesses of the lungs and chest, rheumatism, whooping cough, dizziness, convulsions, dropsy, palsy, leprosy, cramps, kidney stones, cough, shortness of breath; removes freckles; facilitates wound healing; precautions: can cause powerful, watery evacuations of the bowels. Also called
kua-lou, ladies' seal, tamus, tetterberry, white bryony, wild bryony, wild hops, wild vine, and
wood vine.
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The Emperor, Augustus, was advised by his physicians to wear a necklace of bryony root as a protection against lightning.
the most scurrilous charlatans', who would sell bryony root as mandrake; which was thought to have magical powers and was therefore vastly more expensive.