Doctors are expected to function under the ??do no harm’ maxim, but history has it that sometimes this is easier said than done. Although the ancients were amazingly refined in their understanding of injury, disease and sickness, they normally employed some downright bloodcurdling approaches in their unwise attempts to cure their patients. Here are 5 most crazy medical practices in the history of human prescribed by ancient physicians to treat certain medical conditions.
For many years, medical experts believed that sickness was simply the outcome of a little ??bad blood.’ Influential physicians such as Galen and Hippocrates held that the human body was packed with four basic elements, or “humors”, which include blood, yellow bile, phlegm, and black bile that must be kept at equilibrium to maintain good health. Thus, patients suffering from fever or other illnesses were usually diagnosed with an excess of blood. To reestablish bodily harmony, their physicians would slice open a blood vessel (vein in particular) and drain a little their essential fluids into a container. At times, leeches were utilized to suck some blood off straight from the skin.
Although it could lead to accidental death due to blood loss, it was a common treatment method in the 19th century. Primitive doctors prescribed it as a remedy for everything, including sore throats and plagues. Despite the practice ended after new research indicated that it could be causing more harm than good. Nonetheless, controlled bloodletting and leeching are still used presently to treat certain rare ailments.
Animal Dung Ointments
The early Egyptians had an extraordinarily well-organized medical structure; complete with doctors specialized in healing certain ailments. Nonetheless, the treatments they recommended didn’t always make sense. Lizard blood, moldy bread, dead mice, and mud were used as dressings and topical ointments, and women were at times medicated using horse saliva as an antidote for low libido.
Worse still, Egyptian physicians used animal and human excrement as an antidote for all illnesses and injuries. In the 1500 B.C.’s fly, Ebers Papyrus, gazelle, donkey, and dog dung were all acknowledged for their healing abilities and their power to hold off bad spirits. Although these remedies may have on occasions resulted in tetanus among other infections, they weren’t completely ineffective. Research indicates that the microflora present in some animal dung have antibiotic substances.
Similar to other things related to ??paranormal’ or ??psychic’ activities, this practice has been established to be a ??total hoax’. It was first seen in the Brazil and Philippines in the 1940s & 50s and hit the US headlines when a comedian called Andy Kaufman endured a 6 week treatment course trying to cure his lung cancer. Soon after, he died of the cancer. The surgery involved a “surgeon” (usually had no medical training) cutting open the patient with his bare hands, by tracing a certain line with his finger and painlessly creating a wound. He would then remove the tumor and other mixed blood and claim to successfully have completed the operation. It was then established that psychic surgeons were simply magicians toying around with their patients, utilizing dexterity to make believe they were eliminating ??bad things’ when they were simply pretending to.
This is the oldest form of surgery and also one of the most gruesome. The practice involved drilling holes in the patients’ skull as a remedy for illnesses. This practice is believed to have originated from some king of a tribal ritual, as a way for discharging evil spirits allegedly possessing the sick and the mentally ill. Others claim that it was rather an orthodox surgery used to remedy epilepsy, blood clots, headaches, and abscesses. Trepanned skulls witnessed in Peru indicates that it was, moreover, a common emergency remedy for removing bone fragments lingering after a skull fractures, and statistics indicate the majority of patients live on after the surgery.
It is therapy or medical procedure that involves urine and usually your own. Urine has since time immemorial been utilized as a cure in both cosmetic and medical world, and in a number of cultures, including France, the Romans, the Chinese, in India, and the Renaissance period and is still, up to date, a predominant concept in the Western culture. It has various uses, including teeth-whitening, broken bones, skin protection, strep throat, and acne cure among others. At times, it’s directly ingested and at other times, it’s directly put on the skin or made into a plaster. Interestingly, many ??insane’ medical practices and/or theories have since been debunked, but many people still believe in the healing and positive benefits brought upon them upon ingesting their own urine.…