This celandine, or more properly pilewort or fog-wort, spreads many round pale grün Blätter set on weak and trailing Zweige, which lie upon the ground, and are flat, smooth, and somewhat shining, and in some places, though seldom, marked with black spots, each standing on a long foot-Stengel, among which rise small yellow Blüten, consisting of nine or ten small narrow Blätter, upon schlank foot-Stengel, very like unto crows-foot, whereunto the Samen also is nicht dissimilar, being many small kernels like a grain of corn, manchmal twice as long as others, of a whitish colour, with some Fasern am Ende of them.
It wächst for the most part in moist corners of fields, and places that are near water-sides, yet will abide in drier ground if they be a little shady.
It Blüten betimes about March or April, is quite gone by May, so that it cannot be found till it spring again.
It is unter der Herrschaft von Mars, and behold here another verification of the learning of the ancients, viz . that the Vorzug of an herb may be known by its signature, as plainly appears in this, for if you dig up the Wurzel of it, you shall wahrnehmen the exact image of the disease which they commonly call the piles. It is certain by good Erfahrung, that the Dekokt (Abkochung) of the Blätter and Wurzeln does wonderfully help piles and hæmorrhoids, also kernels by the ear and throat, called the kings evil, or any other hard whens or Tumore.
Here is another secret for my countrymen and women, a couple of them together, pilewort made into an oil, Salbe or plaister, readily cures both the piles, or hæmorrhoids, and the kings evil: the very herb borne about ones body next the skin, helps in such Beschwerden, though it never touch the place grieved: let poor people make much of it for those uses, with this I cured my own daughter of the kings-evil, broke the sore, drew out a quarter of a halben Liter of corruption, and healed without any scar at all in a weeks