Podograria.—It is also called Gout-weed, Herb-gerrard, Ash-weed, and Ground-ash. It is a low herb, seldom rising half a yard high, having many leaves standing on brownish green stalks by three, snipped about, and of a strong and unpleasant savour; the umbels of the flowers are white, and the seed blackish, the root runneth in the ground, taking a great deal of room. It grows by hedge and wall-sides, and in the border and corners of fields, and in gardens also.
Goutwort has not its name for nothing for it heals the gout and sciatica; as also joint-aches, and other pains. The root and leaves boiled together, and applied to the hip, and occasionally renewed, has a wonderful effect. The plant makes an excellent fomentation for pained and inflamed parts.
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