23.09.2015

Middle ages herbal medicine 8th

The Black Death is thought to have wiped out about one third of Europe’s population between 1328 and 1351.
It was in this time that the French pomander—balls of perfume—became popular with the upper class. In an even more religious world than today, it comes as no surprise that most people turned to religion.
This remedy actually has a touch of sense to it: potentially disease-fighting moulds, yeasts and other cultures would have thrived in the syrup and matured over time. Bloodletting was popular all over Europe during this time, and it was used to cure everything from gout to goiter. Urine enjoyed a good reputation in medieval Europe, and this was one case in which supply could happily meet demand.
Unfortunately for the weak-stomached, this smelly paste was pushed inside their open wounds, which would then be tightly wrapped to keep the disgusting concoction inside. Just like Yahoo Answers, the Middle Ages had plenty of crazy people offering up insane advice.
Vicary’s technique spread far and wide, with crazy people everywhere turning themselves into the hosts of plague-ridden chicken parasites. This list wouldn’t be complete without talking about perhaps the most severe method of treating the plague. Unfortunately this was because a group of Jews were captured and tortured into admitting that they were behind the disease—Abu Grhaib style.
The severity of these attacks prompted Pope Clement VI to publish two papal letters condemning those who killed the Jews and requiring all clergy to protect them wherever possible. When things got really bad, people decided to just throw whatever they could think of at the disease. Candida (Candida albicans) is a yeast that is a normal part of our digestive flora (the bacteria that lives in our digestive tract) and in the vaginal region in women. Candida overgrowth (also known as chronic candidiasis, systemic candidiasis or chronic yeast infection) affects multiple systems of the body, resulting in diverse symptoms.
Candida overgrowth is best diagnosed by a qualified health care professional who is knowledgable about candida. The approach to treating candida overgrowth is individualized and often includes a multi-faceted approach. After Hippocrates, a number of Greek scholars enriched the system and it imbibed the best from contemporary system of medicine in Egypt , Syria , Iraq , Persia , India , china and other Middle east and far East countries. Though the threads which comprise Unani healing can be traced all the way back to Claudius Galenus of Pergamum who lived in the second century CE, the basic knowledge of Unani medicine as a healing system was developed by Hakim Ibn Sina (known as Avicenna in the west) in his medical encyclopedia The Canon of Medicine.


The time of origin is thus dated at circa 1025 AD, when Avicenna wrote The Canon of Medicine in Persia . As an alternative form of medicine, Unani Medicine has found favour in Asia, especially India and is very close to Ayurveda or Ayurvedic Medicine.
According to followers of Unani Medicine, these elements are present in different fluids and their balance leads to health and their imbalance leads to illness.
The theory postulates the presence in the human body of blood, phlegm, yellow bile and black bile. Copyright 2009 Webmasters may include this article on their website but the article must be published with the author's (resource box) and copyright information included.
Some people believed that the dreaded disease was a punishment from God, and others thought that God was testing them. Devout Catholics took to the highways and whipped themselves while crying out for God’s mercy. But we can only wonder who thought of this in the first place, and how on earth the victims managed to swallow. It was thought that the sharp stench of rotting human waste would discourage the cleaner (but disease-ridden) air from coming near and infecting them.
Without painkillers this procedure would have been agony—and with sanitation levels leaving much to be desired, gruesome infections were common. The precious stones would be ground down to a fine powder in a mortal and pestle, then either mixed with a liquid and drunk like a potion, mixed with food or in bread and eaten, or swallowed on its own as a powder. Pee would be collected by non-infected members of the public, and given or sold to the diseased as naturally as we might offer a sick person a glass of orange juice today. I’m starting to wonder whether the plague itself was really responsible for the massive death-rate after all.
Far and away one of the most bizarre was the Vicary Method—named after Thomas Vicary, an English doctor who invented the technique. This Vicary guy was so popular that to this very day a special lecture is held annually in his honor by the Royal College of Surgeons in England. Some people took the religious thing a little far and decided that the best cure for the plague was to purge the earth of Jews. Thousands were killed when they were rounded up and summarily executed to put a stop to the disease. He also declared that all people who died of the plague were forgiven all their sins so they could enter Heaven.
This included—but was not limited to: drinking arsenic or mercury, not having thoughts about death in general, not having thoughts about the plague, not having sad thoughts, not eating figs, not eating meat, not running or walking outside, not exercising at all, not bathing, not sleeping in the day, and finally for good measure, not having sex.


It was the Greek philosopher-physician Hippocrates (460-377BC) who freed medicine from the realm of superstition and magic and gave the status of science. This is the reason why this system is known in different parts of the world by different names, like Greco-Arab medicine, Ionian medicine, Arab or Islamic medicine, Oriental medicine and so on. While he was primarily influenced by Greek and Islamic Medicine, he was also influenced by the Indian medical teachings of Sushruta nad Charaka. Both are based on theory of the presence of the elements (in Unani, they are considered to be fire, water, earth and air) in the human body. Back during the Black Death, people were instructed to carry sweet smelling flowers with them wherever they went. When the plague spread to the Middle East, Muslims were told to sit back and suck it up because it was God’s will. The old, smelly, sticky substance was believed to combat not only the horrific effects of the disease, but to rid the body of it for good.
This would have been terrible to eat, with a taste and texture vaguely resembling that of crushed glass.
Speaking of which, urine is still used today as a treatment for many issues, from acne to multiple sclerosis—and some people also wash their faces with urine during a solar eclipse. Governors of cities across Europe rounded up Jews, boarded them up in their homes, and then set them alight.
Effectively the worst possible kind of celibacy—the kind that leaves you covered in dripping sores and dead. As long as these humours are in balance, the human system is healthy, it is imbalance which can result in disease. But most people could not afford them, and had to go with the age-old method of cutting the skin open. I was strict paleo and then back tracked a bit when traveling, ended up sick for several months, and it has been hell getting back on track again. My diet was awful, lots of carbs and sugars…lots of cravings for it too, never-ending cravings!!
Then, when the chicken got sick, they would wash it and repeat the process until only the chicken or victim was healthy.




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