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poultice

Med a local moist and often heated application for the skin consisting of substances such as kaolin, linseed, or mustard, used to improve the circulation, treat inflamed areas, etc.

Poultice

 

a form of heat application to the skin and deeper lying tissues and organs. A poultice is made from coarsely ground vegetable matter that has mucous characteristics; linseed and Iceland moss are often used. The vegetable matter is brought to a boil and cooked until a doughy mass is formed. Dry poultices, made from such substances as heated ash, peat, or linseed, are also used. Paraffin and peat treatments and certain other forms of physiotherapy are more perfected heat procedures.

poultice

[′pōl·təs]
(medicine)
A soft mass of hot, moist material applied as an external counterirritant, analgesic, or antiseptic.
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18) Treatment class Treatment plan Bleeding and Stimulant Venesection (8 oz), salt and mustard emetics, hot water enemata, mustard cataplasms (externally), brandy, ammonia and cayenne pepper (internally).
In 1725 the records indicate that the professional personnel included three senior physicians, three junior physicians, three senior surgeons, two junior "experienced" surgeons and six medical practitioners and a phlebotomist, with two assistants, "applying leeches, cataplasms and vesicants".
49) I have had a most difficult course to steer, and if I please some, I shall doubtless offend others, but the misfortune is, the cataplasms of Friends are not sufficiently emolient to cure the hard thumps of Enemies.