from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The formation or development of hives.
- n. The sensation of having been stung by nettles.
- n. A lashing with nettles formerly used to treat a paralyzed part of the body.
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- n. the development of urticaria (hives)
- n. The sensation of being stung by nettles
- n. Beating the skin with nettles (formerly used to treat paralysis)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or process of whipping or stinging with nettles; -- sometimes used in the treatment of paralysis.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The action or result of urticating or stinging; a stinging or nettling operation or effect; specifically, the whipping of a benumbed or paralytic limb with nettles, in order to restore its feeling.
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- n. an itchy skin eruption characterized by weals with pale interiors and well-defined red margins; usually the result of an allergic response to insect bites or food or drugs
- n. a sensation of having been stung by nettles
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For sciatica, for incipient wasting, for the difficult breathing of some heart troubles (where such stimulation along the backbone affords more prompt and complete relief than any other treatment), for some coughs palsy, suppression of the monthly flow in women, rheumatism, and for lack of muscular energy, this urtication is said to be an invaluable resuscitating measure which has been successfully resorted to by the peasantry of
The stinging effect of the true Nettle is caused by an acrid secretion contained in minute vesicles at the base of each of the stiff hairs; and _urtication_, or flogging, with Nettles, is an old external remedy, which was long practised for chronic rheumatism, and loss of muscular power.
In Russia, as a recent mode of treatment, _urtication_ is now enthusiastically commended, that is, slapping, or pricking with a bundle of fresh Nettle twigs for one or more minutes, once, or several times in the day.
All exercise, often even walking, may be a sexual stimulant, and it is scarcely necessary to add that powerful stimulation of the skin in the sexual sphere, and more especially of the nates, is often a more effective aphrodisiac than any drug, whether the irritation is purely mechanical, as by flogging, or mechanico-chemical, as by urtication or the application of nettles.
Numerous old cases of pleasure in flagellation and urtication were brought together by Schurig in 1720 in his
This process has been found effectual in restoring _heat to the lower extremities_, and a case of obstinate lethargy was cured by Corvisart by a repeated urtication of the whole body.
The employment of urtication is of great antiquity, for Celsus as well as Aretæus mentions the use of it, it being in those times, a popular remedy.
As flagellation is practised by striking the skin with a rod formed of twigs, until the heat and redness become more intense, so if the twigs be replaced by fresh nettles, the operation will become, -- _urtication_.
Alædeus of Padua, recommends flagellation with green nettles, that is, urtication, to be performed on the limbs of young children for the purpose of hastening the eruption of the small pox.
In a particularly medieval-sounding treatment, urtication, or "flogging with nettles," the raw plant is rubbed on the skin to help rheumatism.