The Greek term is Atraphaxis, from whence some say the word is derived; q. v. Orach, or orache; also called atriplex alba or rubra horten-sis, arrache, atraphraxis, chrysolachanon; white, red, or garden orach.
It is an annual plant rising from seeds, and chiefly employed in the kitchen.
Atriplex Foe Tida Called also garosmum, andra-phex, vulvaria, chenopodium faetidum, chenopodium vulvarium, atriplex olida, blitum faetidum; stinking orach: is the chenopodium vulvaria Lin. Sp. Pi. 321.
It hath a strong disagreeable smell, somewhat like that of salt fish. That found growing amongst old rubbish is weaker than that in moister ground. Water takes up all its virtue by infusion; but it loses its strength by keeping. It is a fetid anti-hysteric, antispasmodic, and acts without irritation. It can only be used in its recent state, as when dry it loses its sen -sible qualities. Therefore the best form is a conserve, of which two or three drachms may be taken in a day. Dr. Cullen wishes it was more often employed, Mat. Med.