I ran across this article in the BBC this morning and found it interesting. Despite all of our knowledge and science it seems that sometimes the old remedies can do things that science can’t. Superbugs are a growing problem as common illnesses are becoming resistant to antibiotics due to their overuse.
Researchers recreated the 1000 year old remedy found in a 9th century Anglo-Saxon medical book. They applied each ingredient to the MRSA bacteria but nothing happened. However, when they combined the ingredients (as the remedy demands) they were astonished to find that it almost killed all of the MRSA bacteria!
The remedy calls for a combination of onion, garlic, and cow stomach. Specifically, it directs you to combine equal amounts of garlic or other allium (leeks or onions) finally chopped and crushed into a mortar for 2 minutes. Next you must add 0.87 fl oz (25 ml) of English wine from a historic vineyard near Glastonbury to the mixture. Next you dissolve bovine salts in distilled water and add it to the mix. Finally, you must chill it for 9 days at 4C.
Are there other “wonder” remedies in ancient medical texts that might help us conquer the emerging superbugs of today? I think that highly likely. Our ancestors were not idiots!