¶Of Gutta Sciatica. Cap. 58.
GVtta Sciatica is an euill that com∣meth of humoures, which fall downe into the great sinnewe, that is betwéene the greate brawnes of the haunche as Constantine sayeth. And commeth of gleymie humoures gathe∣red together in the hollownesse of the ioyntes, and of the haunche. Sometime of bloudie humoures meddled with cho∣lar. And all these are cause of ache, the which ache stretcheth into the legges, and anone to the héele, and also anone to the lyttle toe.
The cause thereof is, as the Com∣mentatour sayth, that from the whirle∣bone in the middle of the haunche, & of the legge, passeth a sinewe to the vtter anele bone of the foote, and scam those to the lyttle toe: and this is cause, why in this euill, ache stretcheth to that litle toe. And therefore it is, that they that haue the stone in the reynes, féele in that place tinglyng and sléeping for stopping of the sinnewe, wherefore the spirites maye not come to that place in due manner. And the ache is sometime in one side, and sometime in either: but it is worse in the lefte side, than in the right side.
Page 110And the cause thereof is, for in the right side is more heate than in the lefte side, and therefore it dissolueth and defieth the matter there gathered more easelye: and in the lefte side is lesse heate, and the matter is more sad and thicke, and worse to defie and destroye. In this E∣uill is little ache, quaking, pricking and burning, namely in young men of hotte complection, and namely if heare be the cause: and in that cause it helpeth and profiteth to be let bloud in the veyne which is called Sophena, and that veyne is vnder the ancle bone. Also the Pati∣ent shall be purged and healed, as in the euill, which is called Passio Arthetica. Also euery one which hath this passion Sciatica, as he that hath Pasio Arthe∣tica, shall beware of too great repletion of meate and of drinke, and namely of the workes of Venus: for it sharpeth most rume, and letteth digestion, for losse of spirites and of pure bloud and cleane, as Constantine saith. Also the body shal be first purged and cleansed within, and then men shall laye too playsters with∣out, as the place of keth. For medicine helpeth and profiteth lyttle without, but if the matter, which is ye cause of ye euil, be withdrawen within, as Con. saith. Also he saith yt Dioscorides saith, that it helpeth them much, yt haue this euil that is called Sciatica passio, if the sore place be comforted with hot dirte of a Cowe. For it dryeth mightely, namely if it be tempered with Galbanum, and franken∣cense, and with vineger.