Materia Indica, Or, Some Account of Those Articles Which Are Employed by the Hindoos and Other Eastern Nations in Their Medicine, Arts and Agriculture Volume 2

Materia Indica, Or, Some Account of Those Articles Which Are Employed by the Hindoos and Other Eastern Nations in Their Medicine, Arts and Agriculture Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1826 edition. Excerpt: ... also Sarata K (Sans.) Chilpasah J1 (Pers.) Chaplcall iCs (Duk.) Chipkulee (Hind.) Gecko (Lizard). Lacerta Gecko (Shaw). The bruised body of this animal, made into electuary, in conjunction with certain aromatics, the Hindoo doctors think possesses virtues in leprous affections: this notion seems to us the more extraordinary, when we are informed that one of the causes assigned for the Cochin leg (elephas that morbid enlargement of the limb so common in Eastern countries, is the licking with the tongue of a species of lizard, which the native practitioners reckon as poisonous, and which is termed in Tamool paumboo-aranay; nay, I know, that a very unpleasant scurfy and slightly itchy eruption is certainly produced by the acrid water or juice which a lizard secretes, the best remedy for which is frequent washing with soap and water, and a subsequent application of a little castor-oil; maladies of this nature are fully treated of in a work in high Tamool, entitled Aghastier Ahirum. The gecko is apt to be confounded with a variety of the common grey lizard (lacerta agilis"), and the natives sometimes indiscriminately give the same names to both; but the first is much larger, makes a strange chucking noise, especially in the evenings, is not so lively, and on a minute examination will be found otherwise very different; so much so, that lately it has been placed in a different genus. The geckos arc found in South America, Africa, China, aud the East Indies, and are distinguished by the noxious fluid they secrete: the head is thick, muzzle taper, tongue thick, flat, and slightly cleft at its tip, eyes like the chameleon's, body long and thin, tail commonly cylindrical; the feet have five broad toes, flattened along their margins, and of a light-grey...show more

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