Top 10 Ancient Medical Treatments

Ancient practices have paved the way for modern medical norms with their rich culture and art of healing. Although some of those practices were turned out as “insane” or “nail-biting”, but they were once widely acclaimed. Thankfully, we don’t consider those so-called therapeutic treatments to cure our ailments. Here is a list of Top 10 Ancient Medical Treatments which were prevailed in the old times.

Top 10 Ancient Medical Treatments

1. Castration (Assyria-Babylonia)


In ancient Assyria and Babylon, medicine wasn’t always related to “science”. It was tagged as more of a magical and spiritual exercise. Castration wasn’t a usual practice; it involved removal of the testes. It was performed in order to allow to men to work as eunuchs.

2. Mouse Cream (Egypt)


Many people used to suffer from illnesses such as earaches and toothaches due to the dominance of sand in their diet. The grittiness of the sand, often erode the enamel covering the tooth. They found the ultimate cure in “mice”! The dead mice would be squashed into a paste and applied to the troubled area. Yuck!!

3. Cutting Teeth (France)

The term “cutting teeth” is used to be a medical practice in ancient times. Began in France in the 16th century, when a baby’s teeth would in the process of coming out through the gums, doctors would “slice” open the tissue for a smooth teething. “Cutting Teeth” eventually spread throughout Europe and into the US.


4. Clay Feasting (Greece)


In Greece, consuming a special kind of clay that was present on the Greek island Lemnos termed terra sigillata. Blocks of clay were distributed and used as an ancient medicine for stomach problems and diarrhea.

5. Retribution Or Recompense (Mesopotamia)


In 1700 B.C., King Hammurabi created a “book” of laws of like, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” When a surgeon performed a successful operation, he was awarded with an amount pertinent to the patient’s reputation in the society. An unsuccessful surgery might result in the loss of the doctor’s “organ” if the patient belonged to a high section of the society.

6. Gorge On Some Poo (Egypt)


The ancient Egyptians used to rub a mixture of animal dung and other medicinal ingredients. The composition had to be consumed orally for multiple diseases and ailments. The manure of donkeys, lizards, pigs, and even children was the main “ingredient”. As per the Egyptian physicians, it acted as a therapy in treating an infection.

7. Tobacco: A Medicinal Boon (North America)


Native Americans considered tobacco as one of the most “effective” medicinal remedies for tuberculosis. The leaves were burned, consumed, or applied directly. Nowadays, smoking tobacco leads to chronic diseases like lung cancer and cardiovascular diseases. The tobacco used by the Americans as medicine was pure.

8. Partial Slicing Of Tongue (Europe)


Hemiglossectomy is one of the ancient medical treatments that involve the slicing the tongue. The treatment works well in eliminating cancerous tissue, it results in a visible deformity of the tongue. In present times, there are plastic surgeries and curative methods for improving the deformities of patients suffered from hemiglossectomies.

9. Counter-Irritation (Global)


In ancient medical practice, counter-irritation was a common practice. Cut into the injury and often reopen the wound to put various concoctions into it. The major concept lies in the point that the new irritant would help to relieve the patient of the previous irritant.

10. Grub Lotions (Aboriginal Australia)

The ancient Aboriginal Australians would grind up the grub worms of the “witchetty moth” and apply them over skin lesions and wounds. They would pack the crushed worms into any cut for healing. The blend of grub worms would help in the rapid healing process.


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