From Arsenic to Vin Mariani, these are the 20 bizarre medical treatment and remedies from the ancient time for you.
In these days we consider arsenic as a poison but in ancient times it was used as a cosmetic and a remedy for Malaria.
For many reasons, people considered excess blood in the body the cause of many diseases during the middle ages. Some people even used leeches to suck excess blood from the body because they thought that this process would keep them healthy.
In this medieval process, people would inject all sort of things into their rectum expecting a magical cure. This process is still used today to cure constipation.
Coca-Cola was actually intended to be a medicine. The inventor of Coca-Cola, Colonel John Pemberton, demanded that it could cure morphine addiction, headache, and impotence.
5. Crystal Meth
Hitler’s physician made this treatment famous. As Hitler was a hypochondriac, the doctors would often inject him with all kind of medications, even meth.
6. Dead Mouse Paste
In ancient Egypt people used mashed mice as the treatment of toothaches.
In the middle ages, people thought that black death is occurred by smelly odors. Then it was the view that “like cures like”. So physicians prescribed people to fart in jars and open the jar when the plague came to town.
8. Half a mouse
As a treatment of wart in Elizabethan Period English people cut mice in half and apply them to warts.
In different parts of medieval Europe, physicians have to see a patients horoscope before beginning treatment.
10. Hot iron
During the middle ages, for the treatment of hemorrhoids, a hot iron was used to push up the rectum.
11. Moldy Bread
In ancient Egypt moldy bread was used as a disinfectant. If you know science then you will find no wonder in this treatment because many fungi are familiar to have bacteria-inhibiting properties. Is it Penicilin?
In the medieval time, needles were used during cataract surgery.
13. Powder of Sympathy
In the 17th century, Sir Kenelm Digby made a special powder made of pig’s brains, earthworms, and mummified corpses. This was used to head the battle wounds.
14. Sheep livers
In Mesopotamia, the treatment process of any kind of diseases was a bit bizarre. First, a sheep was sacrificed and then the patient’s diagnosis started by examining the livers of the sacrificed sheep.
15. Snake oil
In ancient China, people used snake oit to get rid of joint pain.
16. Tongue Cutting
In the 18th century, when people stammered, the physicians used to cut off half of their tongue. Many of them bled to death. How horrible!
In ancient times to cure head related problems such as migraines people used to have drilled hole into their skulls to relieve tension on the brain.
18. Urine as an antiseptic
It’s a bit strange but urine had multiple uses in past times. In the battlefield, urine was the most sterile element so it was used as an antiseptic.
19. Urine for diagnosis
In middle ages, Physicians used to diagnose patient’s urine by smelling and even tasting to detect the illness.
20. Vin Mariani
In the middle of 18th century, Italian Chemist Angelo Mariani made a healing tonic from red wine and cocoa leaves. This suspension became very popular. ( for those who don’t know, cocoa leaves hold cocaine)