Modern medicine has done much to cure disease and relieve suffering from illness. However, sometimes plain old folklore and old wives’ tales contain nuggets of truth that can be beneficial to your health. There are a rising number of pathogens that are resistant to antibacterial drugs. Consequently, science is turning to the past to seek answers to today’s health issues. Here are eight ancient remedies that truly have a place in fighting the medical issues of today.
8. Soil from Fermanagh, Northern Ireland Kills Superbugs
The crisis of antibiotic-resistant pathogens has prompted research into new antibiotic families that target superbugs such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). A research team from Swansea University Medical School discovered a new strain of bacteria in the Boho Highlands area of Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. In ancient folklore, soil from this area was wrapped in cloth and used to treat illnesses such as throat infections. The new bacteria, named Streptomyces sp. myrophorea, kills four of the top six antibiotic-resistant pathogens. They are Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium, MRSA, Klebsiella pneumonia, and Carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii. It turns out the ancient Irish were on to something here.
7. Aloe Vera Heals Burns
Throughout history, aloe vera has been revered for its healing properties. Ancient Egyptians used aloe vera as a beauty treatment and in the embalming process. In ancient Rome, it was used to treat wounds and heal stomach ailments. Both ancient Chinese and Japanese cultures used the aloe vera plant in medicine. Polysaccharides in aloe vera increase the production of collagen in the body, thereby healing wounds. Mucopolysaccharides that stimulate elastin and collagen production lead to the anti-aging effects of aloe vera. This plant also stimulates the immune system, and contains antiseptic agents that inhibit the growth of bacteria, fungi, and viruses.