Learn about 5 ancient medical treatments with Vsauce2


Interestingly enough, medicine have come a long way since the days of the shamans or of bleeding as a practice to treat whatever ailment you’d have. Kevin from Vsauce2 shows us 5 ancient treatments they used back then and how were they performed.

Bleeding was one of those methods and it stuck with the then-day doctors up until the 19th century. Regular people or kings, all were bled to death according to astrology calenders. You may find with some surprise that this was a highly valued method as bleeding was seen as a purifying method widely accepted. You can read more about such methods in the book called An Underground Education: The Unauthorized and Outrageous Supplement to Everything You Thought You Knew out Art, Sex, Business, Crime, Science, Medicine, and Other Fields of Human by Richard Zachs. Great book, read it, love it.

Other old ways to treat illnesses were:
– trepanning – drilling a hole into the skull to let the evil spirits out
– enema – doing rectal purges using animal parts as tubes
– smoking – was used during the London plague
– smelling foul gases – during the London plague was used to ward off the plague as they believed that bad gases brought it in the first place.

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