In this unique and rare work, the author explains the influence of Stars upon Herbs and the Body of Man and how one part of the Creation is subservient to another and all for the use of Man. For every herb, the learned author has given complete description, place, time and the influence of stars on it as well as its virtues and usage. In the chapter on Judgement of Diseases, the author has provided guidelines to find what planet causes disease and what planet cures it by sympathy and antisympathy. The disease may be opposed by Herbs of the planet, opposite to the planet that cause them. For easy reference, the herbs have been described alphabetically. Directions have also been given for making syrups and conserves, oils and ointments, plasters and poultices and troches and pills. Not being content with herbs, the author painstakingly describes the virtues of living creatures, parts of living creatures and excrements, creatures belonging to sea and the metals, minerals and stones. In the end, the author has provided a key to Gallen’s method of physic by explaining the temperature, appropriation and properties of medicines.
First published in 1863, this invaluable book should interest research scholars as well as practitioners of medicine, both allopathic and Ayurvedic.