People at all times have always been trying to be healthier, cure their ailments, live longer and look better which is what driven most people into suggesting or speculating medical theories that unfortunately managed to spread around pretty well.
Now we have reached an advanced stage in the medical field, however it is always good to have a little reminder of how our great gand parents used to think and act to treat different ailments, it is also to have more appreciation for what we reached at nowadays.
Here’s a list of strange ancient medical beliefs or traditions.
1- The Wandering Womb.
The woman’s body carried so much mystery to men doctors throughout history and back to ancient Greece, the wandering womb is a belief that the woman’s uterus could get out of its place and float around the woman’s body and react to outside stimulants like smells and sound. This belief was the cause for hysteria or excessive emotional stress for many woman, it was believed to be the cause for fertility health issues. This belief lasted until the late 18th century.
2- Heroine Cough Suppressant.
Bayer Laboratories developed a cough syrup that contains heroine as a main ingredient in 1898, while reports spread one year later that people were becoming dependent and addicted to it, Bayer promoted that it is completely safe and can even be used in children, this was going on for as late as 1912, many people were trusting that this is saw for their children until the US government completed outlawed it in 1924.
3- Blood Letting.
This concept was believed in ancient Greece throughout the 19th century where the people used to believe that evil spirits that cause different types of ailments and sicknesses are released in blood, they believed that the Helene of fluids in your blood contributes to your overall health, out of balance fluids get released by blood letting which then brings back balance in the bodily fluids and good health. This turned up to be a harmful act that hurts most patients.