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Staphysagria is one of the ancient remedies, and was employed in medicine as early as the time of Hippocrates. Its uses in ancient medicine were cathartic and emetic. Pliny ( Holland's Trans ) says: "The said kernels I would not advise to be used as a purgation, considering the doubtful event and danger that may ensue of choking and strangulation; for surely they be enemies to the throat and weaken pipe; they kill the itch. The flour beaten into powder, and taken in wine, is singular for the sting or serpents; for I would not counsel the use of the seed, so exceeding hot it is, and of so fierce a nature." In the present time it is chiefly employed in allopathic medicine to destroy pediculi hence its German term Lausesaamen.