Skip to comments.Roman-era shipwreck reveals ancient medical secrets
Posted on 07/09/2011 2:48:31 PM PDT by george76
A first-aid kit found on a 2,000-year-old shipwreck has provided a remarkable insight into the medicines concocted by ancient physicians to cure sailors of dysentery and other ailments.
A wooden chest discovered on board the vessel contained pills made of ground-up vegetables, herbs and plants such as celery, onions, carrots, cabbage, alfalfa and chestnuts all ingredients referred to in classical medical texts.
The tablets, which were so well sealed that they miraculously survived being under water for more than two millennia, also contain extracts of parsley, nasturtium, radish, yarrow and hibiscus.
They were found in 136 tin-lined wooden vials on a 50ft-long trading ship which was wrecked around 130 BC off the coast of Tuscany. Scientists believe they would have been used to treat gastrointestinal complaints suffered by sailors such as dysentery and diarrhoea.
the discovery showed that medical knowledge contained in ancient Greek texts, and later in the writings of Roman scholars such as Pliny, was being put into practise in the Roman Empire.
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As you know...
Romans derived much of their medical knowledge from the ancient Greeks
This seems a rather odd remark to me. It's as if the writer was surprised they actually put these medical treatments into practice.
I’m taking a supplement that uses five herbs and is fantastic. I’ve even been giving it to my old dog and she is like a puppy again. It is the latest science:
I can’t wait for my puppy to get out of the puppy stage and stop chewing everything up. He chewed up my new phone case this morning. Don’t know how he got it because we’ve learned to put stuff up so he can’t get to it. Maybe it fell off the dresser or something. I don’t know. Two weeks ago it was my glasses. A week later my wife’s cell phone. Then, her glasses. Now this. I’m fed up.
As a people, we really need to get past viewing herbal remedies as some sort of weird, exotic thing or as crackpot quackery. It’s not, in general.
The average kitchen spice rack is a cornucopia of antimicrobials. Anything used to preserve foods, such as salt, sugar, honey or vinegar is, too. It’s simple common sense, but that’s sorely lacking in a populace that regards a cold as requiring an antibiotic, as if those do anything for a virus.
Plain old garlic would be a wonder drug, if it were patentable. Keep it onhand, for infection, for toothache ... it really is an immune booster, too. Great for lowering cholesterol and arterial plaque, but try and get a medical doctor to recommend it or design a course of treatment that accomodates dietary garlic as an aspect of treatment.
Oil of oregano is another great one, and you never hear about it outside “alternative” venues.
they outgrow that...
Better start soon or we won’t have anything left. 10 months old. Will he make it to 11 months?
Take some old washcloths or hand towels, soak them in water, lightly wring them out, shape them into something approximating a dog bone and put them in the freezer. Give him one to chew on, but put him on a tile floored area due to melting.
He’s experiencing discomfort from teething, and chewing is a reflexive response for a dog to teething pain. Chewing on the cold, frozen cloth will help.
An informative and hilarious lecture on Vitamin D: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cq1t9WqOD-0. Most people are Vitamin D deficient. Cancer rates could drop dramatically with adequate vitamin D, not to mention rates of numerous other severe, but less life-threatening ailments.
Thanks. I know what’s causing this. But we’ll have to find a tiled floor. Except for the basement all our floors are carpeted or wood. We have bones and tug toys for chewing galore. But he too often ignores these and goes for whatever he can find.
Give him a cold carrot. I’ve done that with all my dogs and it really helps with teething. Now as adults, they love carrots.
“Ancient Chinese secret, huh?”
Even in your baths and laundry room? That’s not very practical, lol. Those areas need water-resistant flooring. Heck, cheap sheet vinyl would be better.
I’ve got hardwood in my kitchen and would never, ever do it again. You wouldn’t think that much moisture would get on a kitchen floor, but it does.
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Hawthorne Berry for blood pressure, Milk Thistle for liver, Tumeric for antiodixants, garlic for immune health. They’re all in my house - plus a few others.
My hubby got off blood pressure meds by taking Hawthorne Berry.
Scientists believe that's what they were for I know it is. That is without a doubt a formula for those digestive complaints. Sounds like a good one too. Probably worked in an hour or two.
I just called the wife and she’s going to pick some up (don’t have any in the bin). She said the small ones and I told her to get the big ones (she’s afraid of carrots all over). We can always cut them up.
We don’t feed our dog people food. Never have. But we’ll try this to see what happens. It can’t hurt. If nothing else, we can put him in his cage while he has the munchies...
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