418 directions foe making syrups, Sec.
heuling nat ore, before you have first cleansed the body,
because they are subject to draw the humours to them
from every part of the body.
I. The Latins call them placentula, or little cakes,
and the Greeks prochikois, kukliscoi, and artiscoi;
they are usually little round flat cakes, or you may
make them square if you will,
2. Their first invention was, that powders being so
kept, might resist the intermission of air, and so en¬
dure pure longer.
3. Besides, they are easier carried in thepocketsof
such as travel; as any man, for example, is forced to
travel whose stomach is too cool, or at least not so
hot as it should be, wh ich is more proper, for the sto¬
mach is never cold till a man be dead: in such a case
it is better to carry troches of wormwood or galangal,
iu a paper in his pocket, than to take a gallipot aloug
4. They are made thus : At night when you go to
bed, take two drachms of fine guin tragacanth; put it
into a gallipot, and put half a quarter of a pint of any
distilled water fitting for the purpose you would make
your troches for to cover it, and the next morning yon
shall find it such a jelly as the physicians call muci¬
lage : with this you may, (with a little pains taken)
make a powder into a paste, and that paste into
cakes called troches.
5. Having made them, dry them in the shade, and
keep them hi the pot for your use.
I. They are called pilulce, because they resemble
little balls ; the Greeks call them catapolia.