A Medieval Eye Potion Is Being Used Against the Superbug MRSA

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A Medieval Eye Potion Is Being Used Against the Superbug MRSA

A Medieval Eye Potion Is Being Used Against the Superbug MRSA

Earlier CNN reported that a thousand-year-old Anglo-Saxon potion could be used to fight the MRSA superbug that has been going on since earlier this year. The potion was originally created in the 10th-century to cure eye infections. Here’s what we know:

  • The potion was found in a volume of Bald’s Leechbook, one of the earliest known medical textbooks
  • Expert Christina Lee of the University of Nottingham translated the manuscript
  • The potion was chosen based on its ingredients, particularly garlic which is being investigate for “..potential antibiotic effectiveness.”
  • The recipe is two types of garlic/onion/leek, wine, and oxgall- cow stomach bile -all brewed in a brass container
  • In order to keep as true to the original recipe, researchers found wine from a vineyard that existed in the 9th century
  • Upon first testing, researchers were surprised at how well it worked and described it as being “very potent” in attacking the bacteria

 

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Related topics cure, Illness, Medieval, MRSA, potions
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