Can you believe these real ancient medical treatments are still exist?
You would get sick just from reading the treatments below, but during the centuries they were actually quite popular medical treatments. Patients and doctors strongly believe that they would be cured if they practice these things. We are happy that most of them are thrown away by modern medicine as ineffective and brutal.
1 The Dolphin Therapy
In Peru and a few other places around the world, it is still believed that if a pregnant woman is touched by a dolphin, the fetus’s neuronal development will be dramatically improved. This dolphin “therapy” is actually quite popular in Peru and pregnant women from all over the world who are seduced by this “theory” travel there to stimulate their babies’ brains inside the womb. People believe that the dolphin’s high-frequency sounds increase and develop the baby’s neuronal abilities.
2 Snail syrup for sore throat and earache
It sounds beyond disgusting, but this one was one the best medical treatments for centuries for curing sore throats and coughs. Patients were content with the outcome of this treatment so some of them would prick a snail to bring forth the slimy juice and then drop the whole thing into the ear to cure an earache.
3 Smoking supposedly can cure asthma
By the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth inhaling the smoke from burning tobacco was considered as one of the most ideal treatments for asthma. Too bad there weren’t any successful results at all. When scientists finally discovered the catastrophic effects of nicotine to the human organism the treatment went down as one of the worst treatments in medical history.
4 Mummy powder was used as Aspirin in the Arabic countries
Back in the twelfth century, Arabs had conquered most of North Africa, including Egypt, and it was then that they began grinding up mummies so they could use the powder for medical reasons. The usage of the powder was general (something like today’s Aspirin) and was applied for anything from a regular headache to more serious conditions such as stomach ulcers and muscle pain.
5 Bloodletting “Forced” Illness to Drop Out of the Body
Ancient physicians in Greece, Egypt, and other parts of the world believed that drawing blood straight from the veins was a great way to instantly get rid of illness. It was one of the most popular medical treatments especially in treating indigestion and acne, but the only real benefit was discovered many centuries later when it appeared to relieve (rarely) hypertension in certain patients. The strangest, yet most impressive thing about bloodletting, however, seems to be that even though it started being practiced in antiquity, doctors only finally stopped using it in the late nineteenth century.
6 Heroin Syrup for Bad Cough and Insomnia
Friedrich Bayer is the name of the legendary merchant and founder of what would become Bayer AG, a gigantic German chemical and pharmaceutical company with a revenue of 40 billion euro. He started his professional medical career by selling heroin in a syrup form in 1898. It wasn’t an illegal drug and it was in fact was prescribed for treating coughs and other things such as insomnia and back pain. It wasn’t until late when doctors discovered that their patients became strangely addictive to the coughing syrup.
7 Cannibalism was suggested to relieve muscle cramps
This “treatment” was suggested for males who were working tough jobs and often were suffering from muscle cramps, persistent headaches, or stomach ulcers. Cannibalism wasn’t weird or illegal in ancient Rome and Egypt and the local physicians were usually prescribing an elixir containing human flesh, blood, and bone. Sounds disgusting? Why yes. There was a so-called corpse medicine that was used frequently and has been recorded in many writings. Ancient Romans actually believed that the flesh and blood from fallen gladiators was a cure for epilepsy. This led to many a filthy, sneaky merchant collecting and selling the blood of the deceased gladiators and becoming rich.
8 Lobotomy for mental illness
A lobotomy, was practiced just until a few decades ago in many countries, consisted of the cutting or scraping away of most of the connections to and from the prefrontal cortex, the anterior part of the frontal lobes of the brain. This results in the total transformation of the patient into a human plant, and even more disturbing, the procedure’s developer, António Egas Moniz, won a Nobel Prize for Physiology/Medicine in 1949 for the “discovery of the therapeutic value of leucotomy in certain psychoses”. Today this practice is abandoned.