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Definitions of BETONICA OFFICINALIS
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Didynamia Gymnospermia. Betony was in much esteem amongst the ancients, who employed the flowers and leaves, in decoction, in gout, sciatica, cephalalgia, &c. It was so called, according to Pliny, from being in great repute among the Vettones or Bettones, an ancient people of Spain. Antonius Musa is said to have written a volume in praise of it; recommending it in no less than 47 different diseases. It has, however, little or no virtue. The leaves are said to be aperient, and the root emetic.
By Robley Dunglison