CAP. C. De Sternutatione.
STernutatio, Sneezing, is a violent and invo∣luntary expulsion (by the nostrils) of the flatulent windie spirits, and sharp vapours offend∣ing the brain.
It is most certain that neezing is sometimes so troublesome, that it requireth a Physician as we may read in Forestus, 127. lib. 10. in his History of a certain maid, which had so grievous a fit of sneezing, from a sharp Catarrh, that she had the advice of many Physicians.
Hic affectus in principio Catarrhi, & Coryzae valdè nocet, because it keeps the humor from concoction by its motion. Sternutatio in febri∣bus praecipuè malignis, salutem permittit: Neez∣ing provoked with medicines is good against A∣poplexies, and other great diseases of the brain: And if being provoked they do not sneez, it is a sign of death, for it signifieth that nature leaves to act.
The little veins in the greater angle of the eyes, and that is nighest unto the nostrils, being for∣cibly pressed together, do forthwith stay and stop Page 149 the frequency thereof: Also it is good to snuff up warm milk into the Nose, by which only reme∣dy Forestus presently cured the maid mentioned formerly: Next follow the diseases and symp∣tomes of the tongue.