Back to Middle Age to re-discover some medicinal treatments

03/04/2015 - 4 minutes

The long medieval period extends in the West over nearly a millennium and gradually enriched its knowledge in the medical field. Admired by the Greeks, Egyptian medicine made reference in Western medicine for millennia. Medical papyri mention over seven hundred healing substances, plant, animal, mineral, composing over a thousand remedies often associated with incantations to various deities. Hippocrates himself admired the Egyptians and took some of their drug forms mentioned in his “Aphorisms of Corpus Hippocratum” whose principles will be part of medical studies until the eighteenth century. In parallel with a medicine that is somehow proven, cohabits a risky medicine, offering a dangerous number of treatments and drugs that could not be more incongruous.

Garlic, onion, wine, a medieval recipe to overcome resistant bacteria. A feared bacteria for its resistance to treatment, Staphylococcus aureus, could be overcome through a medieval remedy. This is the amazing discovery of a British research team. To eradicate an antibiotic-resistant super-bacteria, five ingredients are enough: garlic, onion, wine, copper … and bile of cow! A millennium old English manuscript seems to contain the solution against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

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