He Buke Lapaau / Medicine Book

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The illness is dropsy of the head, the medicine is the pū‘ili berry.

Here are the symptoms of dropsy of the head: A harsh roar pounding in the head, as thought struck by a rock or against another hard place. Take a pū‘ili, the green berry of the pōpolo, and salt, broil until cooked, insert into a ti leaf package, and then squeeze into the nose. This medicine is a blood purgative, in the nose or mouth, then there is relief. An enema of fresh kukui nut juice follows.

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Ka Hae Hawaii, December 15, 1858
, Book: 3, Number: 37, Page: 148