5 Old-Timey Medical Treatments That Are Still Used Today

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5 Old-Timey Medical Treatments That Are Still Used Today

5 Old-Timey Medical Treatments That Are Still Used Today

When it comes to medical technology, we have certainly made leaps and bounds from the way-back days of yesteryear when Aunt Millie would use a leech to cure everything from headaches to diarrhea. But maybe auntie was onto something. Today, medical science is turning back the clock to re-evaluate some of these curative options, many of which are quite surprising, but very powerful cures to many common ailments.

1. Maggots

While this may sound totally gross and slightly vomit-inducing, doctor and scientists are turning to these little creatures to treat all kinds of ailments, from burns, gangrene, infections and even skin cancer. Research has even suggested that these little buggers can even cut the risk of infection after surgery. So, if you don’t mind having a couple hundred maggots or so stuffed into your wound, ask your doctor about it today!

2. Raw Onion For Stings

If you’ve ever cut a raw onion, then you know how they can make us weep. But you’ll be weeping for joy if you put a raw onion on yourself if you get stung by an insect. Not only does the raw onion have a cooling effect on the sting, but there are specific enzymes within the onion that will reduce the inflammation in the area of the sting, thus cutting down on healing time.

3. Raw Honey

Honey has been used as a cure for thousands of years, and for good reason too. It’s been heralded as one of the very first natural antibiotics. It’s also one of the only foods on earth that never spoils. Archeologists have found vats of honey in ancient Egyptian tombs from thousands of years ago, and the honey was still good. Taking a tablespoonful of honey if you feel a sore throat coming on can help ease the scratchiness, or you can put it into a cup of tea if you don’t want to swallow the honey straight-up. It also helps to disinfect wounds via an enzyme that the honey produces!

4. Bloodletting

Bloodletting is the practice of drawing blood from a person in order to cure or prevent illness and disease. When was the last time you visited your local barber shop? Oh, and those little revolving poles that are synonymous with barbering? The red stripes were meant to signify bloody bandages, as barber shops were the typical place one would visit for a bloodletting session or two. It was a curative measure that was employed quite often for a span of over 2,000 years, up until it was abandoned in the late 18th century, in favor of burgeoning medical technology. But new research has suggested that the symptoms of those living with metabolic syndrome could be alleviated with bloodletting, kind of. While the barbaric practice still remains a thing of the past, it’s modern counterpart of donating blood isn’t.

5. Distraction Osteogenesis

If you’re not content being the height you are, there are a number of ways that you can make yourself appear taller. For instance, you could wear wedge shoes, those are sure to give you a few inches in height. Some people take their height so seriously, that they are willing to get their legs broken in order to achieve an inch or so more in height. This process was pioneered in the 1950’s by Gavriil Ilizarov, a Soviet physician. The procedure seems barbaric, but has been shown to work. The outermost part of the bone is fractured, and new bone tissue grows in to fill the fracture, all the while metal braces on the legs are stretching the bone, so that new bone tissue grows on both ends of the fracture, thus giving the luck recipient of these broken bones about an inch more in height.

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