10 Of The Most Bizarre Medical Remedies From History

10. Clysters Clysters were long metal tubes that had a cup at the end. The clyster would be inserted into the anus and medical fluids poured down the tube and into the cup. If this wasn’t disgusting enough, what did they use as the medical fluids? Most of the time, it was the bile from a wild boar. But even so, clysters were a very common medical treatment for common diseases back in the day, and even royals and kings of major nations used clysters as a treatment for their own diseases. 9. Snake Oil Snake oil as a medical remedy was usually used by the Chinese as a cure for joint pain. When many Chinese people immigrated to the United States of America in the 1800s, they introduced snake oil to the country, where it almost immediately took off as a medical treatment. Later, scientists and medical treatments turned out that the Chinese were right, but the Americans were wrong all along: the oil only worked as a medical treatment from a specific Chinese water snake, and not just from any snake that was found in the United States. 8. Electromagnetic Coils Electromagnetic coils were popular as a medical treatment for almost any medical treatment, also known as a “cure-all” treatment. coque iphone Electromagnetic coils gained popularity as a medical treatment in the 1860s, and continued to be used until the 1940s. The electromagnetic coil was sold to people as a curing device for any disease, and even making you look younger. It didn’t take long after the 1940s for medical professionals and scientists to determine that the electromagnetic coils were useless as a medical treatment, let alone a “cure-all” medical treatment. coque iphone 8 7. Antiseptic Urine Yes, human urine was utilized back in the day (specifically the Middle Ages) as an antiseptic. In the 1600s, urine was used as a very popular medical treatment for victims of the Bubonic plague that ravaged Europe and killed over a quarter of the total population. Doctors at the time even washed all wounds with urine. It’s a good thing that today we know urine definitely doesn’t know what it supposedly could do. 6. Eye Surgery With A Needle Could you imagine having eye surgery done with a needle? And not just any needle: a very large, thick needle that was pressed all the way to the very back of the eye? During medieval times, most eye surgeries were done by sticking a needle in the eye to push the cornea back. Fortunately, it didn’t take long for people to figure out that this only did much more harm than it did good to the eye, and they eventually switched to a very thin syringe to remove the cataracts. 5. Radioactive Water Radioactive water is one of the few historical remedies on this list that is still used by some people today. coque iphone pas cher Radioactive water was discovered in springs, in the very early 1900s, and it was immediately assumed that a long bath in radioactive water was somehow a natural treatment for diseases. By the 1920s, devices were sold so that people could not only make their own water at home radioactive, but also drink multiple glasses of it each day. 4. Surgery You may be wondering why surgery has made it on this list, let alone the number four spot. The surgery that we are talking about here isn’t the surgery that is used today; not even close. The surgery that was done back in the Middle Ages and even after that, was done with thick, dull and unclean knives and other tools to stick into people to remove infected areas. Ultimately, this did more harm than good, and most of the people who underwent this kind of surgery died from infection within a few days. 3. Deadly Anesthetics The anesthetics from a few hundred years ago definitely weren’t the same anesthetics that we think of today. coque iphone 2019 soldes In fact, anesthetics from back in the day were little more than herbs mixed with wine or water…and many of those herbs were poisonous and caused death in no time. You would think that people would figure out that copious amounts of drugs such as opium, at least had the potential to kill you, but it took a few more hundred years to figure that out. 2. Astrology Astrologers were very renowned back in the Middle Ages, since they apparently had the ability to predict a lot of the phenomena, such as when crops would be good, what the weather would be like the next day, or what kind of children would be born to a set of parents. coque iphone 6 And as you may have guessed, they also apparently had the ability to predict the diagnosis of an ailing patient and the proper treatments for them. Astrologists used special calendars to predict these diagnoses and treatments, and eventually, doctors were forced to review these calendars before turning to any medical attention for the patient. According to these charts, the positions of the stars in the night sky and/or different times of the year or day, could predict what the patient’s diagnosis was. Today it would seem disheartening if your illness was predicted using a star chart, rather than proper medical tests! 1. Bloodletting It’s definitely baffling, but many doctors and physicians back in the Medieval Ages, believed that blood was a bad thing and was the root cause of many diseases. Doctors would then seek to drain a lot of the blood from the veins of people, believing that it could cure them. The most common ways to drain the blood from patients, otherwise known as bloodletting, was to either cut their veins with knives, or attach leeches to their skin. Sometimes people wouldn’t even go to the doctor for bloodletting; they would simply cut themselves and drain their blood into cups and bowls. If you think that’s strange, you’re definitely right.

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