Category Archives: Ancient Medicine

Medicines, diseases, and general physical, mental and spiritual problems from ancient times.

Jennifer: Smallpox

Smallpox is a highly infectious and lethal disease that is caused by the variola virus, a member of the poxvirus family. The virus is airborne and is easily spread through sneezes, coughing, and even by touching objects such as books … Continue reading

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Josh – Wine as a Remedy

Wine is one of the oldest drinks in the world: people learned very quickly to ferment various plants to get an alcoholic beverage. But it was used as more than just an enjoyable drink, alcohol was used in many medicinal … Continue reading

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Josh – Trepanation

Trepanation is the ancient practice of drilling a hole in one’s head to heal, and is one of the first attempts at accurate invasive surgery to be practiced. The idea to most people now is abhorrent and barbaric, but is still used … Continue reading

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Josh – Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient Asian, primarily Chinese, remedy for all ailments, developed over 5000 years ago, but with similar techniques spanning tens of thousands of years prior. The basic idea is to insert needles into points of energy in the … Continue reading

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