Weird Medicines Used in the Past


Being sick is never a good thing and makes us lie in bed, or spend time in hospital; taking medication; but at least we can generally trust that the medication is actually working and helping us and not going to kill us or just do nothing at all! Like the unfortunate people who took these weird medicines in the earlier centuries.

1 Curative Powers of Mercury

Mercury is a chemical element and is commonly known as quicksilver. Mercury is used in thermometers, barometers, manometers, sphygmomano meters, float valves, mercury switches, mercury relays, fluorescent lamps and other devices today but having known its toxicity, this element is being largely phased out in clinical environments. But did you know? In the old days, mercury has enjoyed a long history of being an awesome medicinal cure. Scraped your knee or arm? Rub a little mercury on it and it will be better soon. Seriously? What were people in the past thinking? Unfortunately everybody, even now, puts all their faith in the medical industry when we get sick. Luckily we are not given mercury anymore!

Curative Powers of Mercury

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2 Calming Your Cough with Heroin

That’s right! Heroin as in the opioid drug that is synthesized from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seed pod of the Asian opium poppy plant was marked as the number one cough medicine during the 19th century. Apparently, 19th century people took cough suppression seriously. Too serious. And here is an additional information, Heroin was originally developed by Bayer, those friendly folks behind the harmless old aspirin.

Calming Your Cough with Heroin

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3 Lobotomies

I don’t think you’ll ever want to go to a psychiatrist if you know this stuff is still hanging around until now. In 1940s, lobotomy was used by psychiatrist to treat there patient. What’s lobotomy? Great question, this is a neuro surgical procedure, actually a form of psycho surgery which consists of having most of the connections to and from the pre frontal cortex the anterior part of the frontal lobes of the brain be cut or scraped away. Wait, what? Honestly, this process is said to be able to cure any mental issues a person is experiencing, even as serious as schizophrenia. But then, this practice was forgotten when people from the past realized that having a pike into the brain is not the only answer in life’s problems, which is really correct.


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4 Sore Throat Attack

Here’s a very weird medicine for someone who has a sore throat. In the 19th century, a popular practice in curing one’s sore throat is wrapping dirty socks around the throat. And sometimes, there will be a half onion on the sock. Whoa, that’s kind of, unpleasant.

Sore Throat Attack

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5 Urine Therapy

Urine, the liquid by-product of the body secreted by the kidneys through a process called urination and is secreted through the urethra. Uh-huh, it is said to drink it just like an ordinary juice. Throughout history, it was believed that swallowing your own excretions will promote good health. Isn’t that great? But then again, until now, it’s not proven that urine therapy can cure anything. Nonetheless, there are still those who do it. Given this information, you decide on your own. Would you have this urine therapy or turn your back away and find some other remedies in having a good health?

Urine Therapy

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