Fuentes para el estudio del termalismo minero-medicinal en la Antigüedad

Caelius Aurelianus Chronicae passiones 3.7.93–94

Cael. Aur. chron. 3.7.93–94

Tratamientos para la atrofia, los problemas digestivos. Como siempre, entre otras cosas, recomienda los balnearios.

93Conuenit praeterea locorum atque aerum commutatio et aliquando drimyphagia uel simplex uomitus, tum etiam ex radicibus confectus, et localia aliis atque aliis locis adhibenda, et magis medianis partibus. non enim sine plurima uexatione partium, quibus digestio celebratur, inesse corporibus atrophia potest. ipsis igitur frequentius adhibendus est dropax et cucurbitae uel paroptesis aut sinapismus et sympasmata acriora, quae a nobis aspergines nuncupantur, item malagmata eiusdem qualitatis. 94utilis praeterea litoraria nauigatio atque natatio maritima uel naturalium aquarum, tum post cibum animi laxatio, quam diachysin uocant, et articulorum complexio adhibitis ministris, qui mollibus hoc manibus efficiant.

93in addition, a change of locale and climate is beneficial. So also is an acrid diet from time to time. Vomiting may also be induced both directly and with the use of radishes. Also apply various local remedies to the various parts of the body, espe­cially to the middle parts. For the presence of atrophy in the body is inevitably attended by severe injury to the parts that are concerned with digestion. Therefore, apply pitch plasters fre­quently to these parts; and likewise cupping treatments, intense heat, mustard plasters, sharp dusting powders (Greek sympas­mata, Latin aspergines), and emollient plasters of similar properties. 94Again, a boat trip along the shore and swimming in the sea or in natural springs are helpful; also mental diversion (Greek diachysis) after meals, and clasping of the patient’s limbs by attendants with soft hands.

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