¶Of stinking of the mouth. Ca. 24.
*STinking of ye mouth cōmeth some∣time of corruption of the téeth, and of the gums, & sometime of whelkes & of pimples of the mouth, & of the roofe: somtime of euill disposition and doing of the breast, & of the spirituall members: sometime of rotted humours of the sto∣macke: and somtime of vniuersall and whole infection of the bodye as it fareth in Lepers,* the breath of them stinketh & infecteteth other: sometime of eating of stinking things, as it fareth in them that alwaies eate garlike, onions, & léekes: & somtime of the corruption of the spiritu∣all members, & of the vniuersall corrup∣tiō of those humors, which be infect: this stinking may be hid & not cured, for such stink is continuall, & cōmeth by seasons. The stink that commeth of ye vice of the stomacke is colde, & commeth & goeth in a manner, for it is great afore meate and little after meate by noone:* and this may well be cured with cleansing & swéete smelling, & comfortatiue medicines. Thē first the matter that is in the stomacke & is cause of the stink, shall be defied, de∣parted, & put out: ofte after eating, spuing shall be excited, that the chambers of the stomack, may be clensed & purged of rot∣ted meates, & the patient shall beware & spare meates, yt be disposed to rotting: & he shall vse swéete smelling wine to com∣fort him. If it come of other cause, as of rotted téeth or of gums, the téeth shall be drawen out that be the cause thereof: or the gums shall be froted & cleansed with séething of roses in wine: or they shall be washed with vineger luke warme: the gums and the rootes of the téeth shal be froted and clensed with powder of Thus and Masticke and with honie.
To chew cloues is a good helpe to mitigate the loathsome ayre for the in∣ner parts,* but the rankenesse that com∣meth from the arme holes, must be cu∣red by letting bloud, or some good purgation, & commonly such children as be begotten in such heate of bloud: are choaked in the matrixe, and so bee dead borne, or if, they lyue, they are very scuruie & scabbed, & of a grose complection.