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Friday, August 8, 2014

FLEMÁTICOS WITH 13TH CENTURY SYRUP FOR FEVERS

Go away jaundice
Photo from: Amy Said
phlegmatic. It was thought that children had a phlegmatic temperament, i.e. moist and cold. Galen prohibited them to drink wine for it heated the body and was moist but it was advised that children should consume moderately hot and moist drinks and meats. This is a thick heavy humor found in unleavened bread, see ácimo. Avenzoar advises, however, that ryegrass bread is harmless for those with phlegmatic complexions. In the Anón Al-Andalus. an oxymel syrup was prescribed for phlegmatic fevers. Mint syrup was thought to expel the phlegm from the body and stop phlegmatic urine. See complexion. [Anón/Huici.1966:499:273:507:277; Benavides-Barajas. Alhambra. 1999:164; Drummond. 1964:66 García Sánchez. 1992:46:48; Ibn Zuhr/García Sánchez. 1992:101]

A SYRUP OF SIMPLE SIKANJABÎN (OXYMEL) #507 JARABE DE “SAKANŶZBĪN[1]” SIMPLE, p 277

Ingredients

Syrup with Sugar
Photo by: Lord-Williams
1 qt strong vinegar
2 lbs sugar

- or -

6 oz sour vinegar
1 lb honey
1 lb sugar

PREPARATION

1. Mix vinegar and sugar and boil until it becomes a syrup. (Apple vinegar was used.) Drink 1 ounce of this with three of hot water before breakfast. It relieves fevers caused jaundice, and calms jaundice and cuts the thirst, because sikanjabîn syrup is beneficial in phlegmatic fevers.


This recipe was made with 1 c vinegar and 8 oz sugar.

Both Syrups - Great
 for Sweet and Sour Pork or Shrimp but Not Cats!
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2. This recipe can also be made with 6 oz vinegar and 1 lb of honey and 1 lb sugar. (Red wine vinegar was used.) Cook all this until it takes the consistency of syrup, when it reaches "thread" on the candy thermometer.

Its benefit is to relax the bowels and cut thirst and vomiting, and it is beneficial in bilious fevers.

The recipe was made with 1 c vinegar and 8 oz sugar. Either it should be removed from the heat before it reaches "thread" on the candy thermometer or water should be added to prevent it from becoming hard. 

The second recipe was tried with 1.5 oz vinegar, 4 oz sugar and 4 oz honey.
These are drunk with 1 oz syrup and 3 of warm water.



[1] cited by al-Shaquri, p. 49r. The word means honeyed vinegar.

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