5 Ancient Medicine Treatments That Are Still In Use Today
Once upon a time your doctor may have drilled a hole in your head or prescribed you an elixir made out of human flesh or animal excrements as a cure-for-all remedy. In some way, you may say that we are better off today. The medical world is evolving rapidly – with new drugs, devices, and techniques hitting the market every day.
Since the dawn of humanity, healers around the world have tried to alleviate illnesses and patch up injuries. While our early ancestors had excellent knowledge of injury, sickness, and disease, some of their methods were so cruel that we may clap our hands that those bloodcurdling methods belong to the past.
Some ancient medicine treatments, however, have withstood the rigors of time and are still proving their effectiveness today – without adding damaging or painful side-effects. Let’s take a closer look at five ancient medical practices that have been around for centuries and are still being used today.
1. Raw honey
For some 8,000 years, this sweet and healing liquid has been used to treat wounds and diseases of the intestines. Ancient Greeks used it as a standard wound slave, while in Greece honey was used to treat pain and fever.
Hippocrates, the great Greek scientist, swore by raw honey as his ancient cure-for-all. He utilized it for baldness, contraception, wound healing, laxative action, cough, sore throat, eye diseases, topical antisepsis, and treatment of scars.
The ancient Vedic civilizations considered honey as one of nature’s most remarkable gifts. According to the texts of Ayurveda, honey works wonders to those with weak digestion. Furthermore, it is an excellent natural remedy to soothe burns, treat insomnia and improve eye-sight.
Today, scientists have shown that honey might stimulate the immune response and speed up wound healing. Furthermore, honey has displayed some remarkable antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties.
2. Aloe Vera
Ancient Greek, Egyptian, Indian, Mexican, Japanese and Chinese cultures all used aloe vera to heal wounds, as a laxative or treat skin conditions. According to the British National Institutes of Health (NHS), some 6,000 years ago the aloe vera plant was known as the “plant of immortality.”
Today, aloe vera is a popular skin soothing remedy. Think of all the cosmetic products with added aloe vera. Furthermore, aloe vera is well-known as a folk remedy to treat a broad range of common ailments. These conditions include diabetes, asthma, epilepsy, osteoarthritis, burns, sunburns, and psoriasis.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice in which practitioners stimulate specific points on the body by inserting thin needles through the skin. This 4,000-year-old practice was intentionally used to restore the body’s inner balance.
However, over the recent years acupuncture has been used as a natural form of pain relief. It has been successfully used to treat chronic pain in the back, neck, knees and head. Furthermore, some studies suggest that it may lower blood pressure, relieve depression, or help you to quit smoking. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health it may even relieve the symptoms of cancer treatment.
A simple habit, with a major health effect. Regularly washing your hands reduces the chance of getting sick. Many cultures have included hand washing rituals into their daily life. It is believed that this simple gesture partly helped to keep serious diseases, such as the black death, at bay.
Nowadays, health instances recommend people to wash their hands frequently, especially during cold and flu season for the same reason – to prevent disease.
5. Willow bark
Willow bark tea has been used throughout Chinese and European history to ease fever, pain, and inflammation. Which totally makes sense as the bark, when chewed on, releases salicin which is similar to aspirin.
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