It is also called Brank Ursine and Bear's Breech. Acanthus, Greek, a thorn; and Latin, mollis, soft. This thistle has many large thick, green leaves upon the ground, with a thick and juicy middle rib. The leaves are parted with deep gashes on the edges; and re­main a long time before a stalk appears, three or four feet high, bearing white flowers hooded and gaping, and standing with brownish husks, and a small long undivided leaf under each leaf, It has many thick roots, blackish without, and whitish within, and full of clammy sap. It is a Garden Plant, and flowers in June and July; and it ought to be in every garden.

Herbal Remedies and Medicinal Uses of Acanthus:

The leaves boiled, and the liquor used as a clyster, beneficially cleanse the bowels, and strength­en the rectum. The decoction is good for the bloody flux. The leaves boiled and applied as a poultice serve to unite broken bones, and strengthen joints that have been dislocated ! As a decoction, or as a poultice, the leaves or roots are beneficial in scrofula or king's evil, when the sore is broken. It is a first- rate remedy for burns, drawing out the fire, and heals it with­out a scar. It is a valuable remedy in hectic fevers, as it re­stores radical moisture to the consumptive. It has been much used as a diuretic. It is excellent in diseases of the urinary organs, given in the form of powder—that is, from the leaves— from 12 to 40 grains three or our times a day. It is a powerful dissolvent of stones in the kidneys.
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