Ancient World’s Most Peculiar Medical Treatments: Would You Ever Try These?

If you think going to the doctor seems daunting, think again! Modern medicine is nothing like it medicine some hundreds years ago. Unusual ancient medical practices and devices discovered from different ancient civilizations appear to be gruesome if not deadly. Surprisingly, these frightening medical treatments were completely accepted – even considered the only recourse – at the time. For sure you’ll be thankful that we now have modern medical equipment like these nursing tools and gadgets reviewed at this site.

Let’s take a look at some peculiar medical treatments used in ancient civilizations.

  1. Mercury

Who would have thought this toxic chemical was once used for treating ailments? Notorious for its adverse effects on health and long banned in healthcare settings, mercury was a common topical medicine and elixir used in ancient Greece and Persia. Chinese alchemists also believed this chemical has the ability to boost vitality and increase lifespan. In some ancient culture, mercury was concocted with other equally poisonous compounds like arsenic and sulfur to create a powerful mixture that promised eternal life. You probably know what happened to those who took this unusual brew.

  1. Skull cure

Ancient Babylonians believed that most illnesses are punishments from the gods for past offenses or caused by demonic forces. Unlike modern physicians who use diagnostic tools, such as sphygmomanometer, thermometer or a pulse oximeter — you can read more about that here: , ancient Babylonian healers simply observed their patients and diagnosed them while asleep. For example, grinding of the teeth will lead the healer to suspect that a spirits of a deceased family member was reaching them as they slept. To drive away these spirits, the patient is made to sleep alongside a human skull for a week. According to ancient texts, the patient must also kiss and lick the skull.

  1. Trepanation

Trepanation, the most horrifying surgical procedure, is also the medical world’s oldest form of surgery. This procedure has been practiced for over thousands of years and has been used by different cultures across the world. Aztecs practiced it, the ancient Greeks also did it, and even modern medicine does it too!

In trepanation, the doctor creates a whole in the skull. There is both a religious and medical reasons for this practice. In some cultures, opening up the skull allows the release of demons while others practiced it to relieve pressure within the brain. There also other cultures where trepanning is done to increase mental capacity.

Ancient doctors and healers used some grisly devices that looked like blunt knives and cookie cutters. Without real anesthesia, antiseptic and sterilization, ancient cranial procedures were downright dangerous! If you think trepanning was absolutely fatal, you’re wrong. In fact, skulls found in Peru suggested that those who underwent this procedure actually survived the horrifying treatment!

Believe it or not, these horrible treatments were actually done by our ancestors. And these are just three of the many unusual procedures ancient doctors thought were helpful. If these were the treatments today, would you ever see your doctor?

Following in the footsteps, life and times of Jesus

It will be a contentious subject to talk about on any given day, mainly in lieu of our cultural diversity and, as a result, our broad religious beliefs. But, with few exceptions, there is consensus among scholars, religious philosophers, lay men and women, Rabbis, Imams, and many other religious schools of thought, that the personage of one Jesus Christ is authentic on most levels of human comprehension.

This post will appeal to devout Christians, born again or newly converted. It should be interesting to those who regard themselves as agnostic. To most artists, discussions and debates on the existence and the form He took, is essential for their own creativity.

Thoughts on Christ the movie star

Now that we’ve given you an extensive introduction, let us move on to a few thoughts on how Jesus Christ is interpreted in film. Because the post is short, we cannot go into detail on any particular aspect but interested readers can always broaden their knowledge by contacting us directly here or widening their own research via the internet or published texts.

Many believers and non-believers acknowledge that before He officially began his short ministry in the land of Canaan, He followed in the footsteps of His adopted father, one Joseph, a carpenter of note in the small town of Nazareth.

Some folks will believe this, others will refute it, but if He wanted to directly respond to a wanton act of faith from a follower, He could perform a miracle. A cheeky reviewer might remark that if He were living in the twenty-first century today, He would have no use for mechanical wood-crafting tools and pole saws such as some those listed on this website. Christ Almighty would have no need for just about any kind of saw, angle grinders or jigsaws. Bruce Almighty, on the other hand, will say that neither does he. Evan Almighty, however, given his performance in the film of the same name, may not just need the tools (and others) just mentioned, but he’d need a great deal of hands to help him out.

Christ the humorist

Fundamentalists, who, like the Pharisees in Jesus’ physical time on earth, contradict themselves time and time again, may not approve of this humorist approach towards introducing a review or profile on the scale of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ or Jim Caviezel, the actor who portrayed Jesus in Gibson’s film work of art. Gibson, himself a sectarian, took a stab at Jesus being a good-natured man for all people by taking an intimate detour from the visually grim, violent and horrific ordeal of Christ’s enduring walk to Golgotha, showing Him hard at work crafting tables and chairs familiar to us today while adoring His Mother, Mary.

Christ the Son of God

Martin Scorsese tried his luck in imagining Christ as an adulterer. Apart from the condemnation, on an artistic level it simply didn’t work. But faith-centered Christians are still in awe of Roma Downey’s (of Touched by an Angel fame) pleasant presentation of Christ as He was in accordance with the Biblical transcriptions.

As Long as There is Memory, Arts and Culture Will Be Preserved

girl-1063434_960_720Given the tragic events of the last few weeks across the world, it is imperative that we continue a discussion on the consequences of destroying symbols which reflect or memorialize our legacies and histories. We will also counter what misinformed men have been doing to our cultural heritage and worse. We will most certainly remind the rest of the world that as long as we have our memories, our cultural heritage will always live on, with or without tangible objects of art. And where art is absent or destroyed, art will always be recreated.


Memory will ensure that art continues to evolve

Let us emphasize that last statement. Where art is absent or has been destroyed, someone will always rise up and create something new in its place. But, historically, men and women have always been able to utilize their artistic gifts and restore something old to what it was before. Another post reflected on the evolution of art. Going forward, whether reprising the old or creating something entirely new from scratch, this evolution will continue. It will continue for as long as the rest of humankind has the memories to aid them.

Even the tools that men use today, technologically advanced and more streamlined for ease of use rely on ancient skills of craftsmanship. The table fixed router has all the characteristics and functions of a saw and axe. The only difference is that craftsmanship is enhanced with speed, efficiency and accuracy, further characteristics which reflect a modern era which is influenced by present time. Many other tools of craftsmanship continue to match the twenty-first century pace of present-day artistic evolution and expression. The misinformed destructors of everything that is valued by the majority of the world’s citizens have, in turn, been wrongfully influenced by just a few men who only have aspirations to sow evil and not propagate ideologies.


Memory helps to put out the fires

Behind every ideological and threatening speech, lurks an evil design. In order for this design to bear fruit, it must wreak havoc and everything that blocks its path must be destroyed. Evil, it is plain to see, is a short-sighted fallacy. History has shown humankind time and time again, that it never lasts. What was once destroyed is quickly or gradually re-built. And if the evil mind is blinded by its rage and cannot look back over a period of thousands of years, it should be reminded by recent history, not yet twenty years old, that the destruction of one nation’s (or entire nations’) cultural heritage and the icons that reflect it will resolutely rise up from the ashes and be re-built or re-imaged elsewhere.

Even if this were not the case, memories never fade and people can still silently hold on to what is precious to them in art, culture, and religion or self.

So, while the world continues to mourn at the few warped fundamentalists’ misguided demonstrations, it also smiles silently to itself because it knows that as long as its memory can never be destroyed everything that is still good in it will, somehow, be preserved.