V. Both are weakened in time and after a time by
the nutriment from without which has continuously
entered in, and for a long time firmly has interwoven
itself with all the limbs.
VI. And it sends forth shoots of its own proper
form. It changes the old form and descends ; it
nourishes as it is digested. Sometimes it alters
the earlier form, and completely obscures the former
VII. Power of nutriment reaches to bone and to
all the parts of bone, to sinew, to vein, to artery,
to muscle, to membrane, to flesh, fat, blood, phlegm,
marrow, brain, spinal marrow, the intestines and all
their parts ; it reaches also to heat, breath, and
VIII. Nutriment is that which is nourishing ;
nutriment is that which is fit to nourish ; nutriment
is that which is about to nourish.
IX. The beginning of all things is one and the
end of all things is one, and the end and beginning
are the same.