Sunday, January 22, 2017

Very Old Medical Book...!

Here is an amazing fact. Some ancient medicinal formulas are useful today in combating certain conditions.

Anglo-Saxon Eye Salve

Photo credit: Wikimedia

In 2015, scientists recreated a ninth-century Anglo-Saxon treatment for eye infections. Composed of onion, garlic, wine, and cow bile, the ancient salve flabbergasted researchers by effectively combating methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus—or MRSA. Discovered in an ancient medicinal text called Bald’s Leechbook, the salve could be the key in combating antibiotic-resistant super-bugs. Researchers discovered that the ancient salve killed 90 percent of MRSA bacteria cultures. They do not believe one ingredient is the key but rather the entire concoction’s antibiotic properties.

Bald’s Leechbook is one of the earliest examples of a medical textbook. Researchers believe the Anglo-Saxons practiced something similar to the scientific method with an emphasis on observation and experimentation. Scientists were blown away to discover that people were carrying on detailed studies of infection centuries before the discovery of microbes. Researchers believe there are many other ancient texts with treatments for what appear to be bacterial infections.

Maybe we should look a bit closer at some f these old books and see if perhaps the knowledge in them could be harvested for use today. Might have to alter some of the ingredients a bit.

Coffee inside again Rain and really high winds (30 to 40 mph) are predicted with gust up to 50 mph!


Tim said...

Interesting, here's a link to a pdf that you can download.

Tim said...

Here's an interesting YouTube video "The AncientBiotics Project "

Weekend-Windup said...

Thanks for sharing. Nice to know about new information:)

Momlady said...

A lot of "bugs" have become resistant to today's treatments. I bet the old treatments would work. Many "old" remedies still work today in treating some things. Just ask a mountain granny.

JO said...

I don't know about the bile thing, but that combo sure sounds like it would burn any infection off.
But some old med seemed to work really well.

Please stay safe I see lots of flooding in your area. Maybe you need to go on a vacation somewhere dry for a bit.

HermitJim said...

Hey Tim...I sure appreciate the links and the information! I'll certainly check them out.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Hey WW...
You are certainly more than welcome, my friend.
Thanks for coming by today!

Hey Momlady...
I don't think we give "folk remedies" the credit that's due them. Sometimes old is better.
Many thanks for the visit today!

Hey Jo...
Like I said, the ingredients might need to be tweaked a bit.
My place is pretty high and dry as far as flooding goes, but I appreciate the concern.
Thanks, sweetie, for dropping in today!

Dizzy-Dick said...

I believe that sometimes the old fashion remedies are the best. They help without all the side effects.

HermitJim said...

Hey Dizzy...
I agree with that. No side effects is a good thing.
Thanks for the visit today!