ACOPA, Acopum, or Accopum
ACOPA, Acopum, or Accopum. An extremely hot and stimulating medicine used by the ancients both externally as an ointment or charge, and internally as an electuary. In the preparation of this extraordinary composition no less than thirty different articles were used, among which " half a pound of pigeon's dung" is ordered. The author of the Dictionarium Rusticum, edit. 1717, says, " It is both a medicine and an ointment, helping convulsions, stringhalts, colds, &c. in the muscles and sinews, draws forth all noisome humours, and being put up into the nostrils of a horse, by means of a long goose feather anointed therewith, disburdens the head of » all grief. It dissolves the liver troubled with oppilations or obstructions, helps siccity and crudity in the body, banishes all weariness; and, lastly, cures all sorts of inward diseases if given by way of drench, in wine, beer, or ale."
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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