Most Top 10 Bizarre Healing Treatments



Most Top 10 Bizarre Healing Treatments


 

In today’s world when we think of healing someone, you probably think of medicine, vaccinations, and other common things that every doctor seems to use. However, in the past, before medicine wasn’t nearly as advanced as it is today, there were plenty of bizarre techniques used in order to heal or cure someone. Below is a list of some of the weirdest medical healing treatments that have ever been used. While some worked, some didn’t, and today some of these practices are seen as outdated, and some are even seen as more damaging then they are helpful. On the other hand, some of these are still used as a way to treat various ailments. Not all ancient medical practices were thrown under the bus.

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10.  Hirudotherapy

Humorously referred to as “treatment that sucks,” hirudotherapy is a healing technique that involves using European medical leeches. Despite the fact that this therapy has been used dating back to ancient times, today it has become very popular as a means to treat many different ailments. However, today, only medical leeches are used instead of...

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9.  Malaria Drug Therapy

Despite its name, malaria therapy wasn’t used to treat malaria. Instead, the disease was used to treat the widely spread STD, syphilis. Before the early 1900s, no one had come up with any type of treatment that could be used in order to treat an STD. However, this is all changed when Wagner-Jauregg, a Viennese neurologist, decided that it may be ...

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8.  Maggot Debridement Therapy

As gross as it sounds, this is another ancient practice that involves the use of insects that has recently gained growing popularity within the medical field. It is mainly used to treat non-healing wounds. Also sometimes just called larva therapy, this type of healing technique requires the use of disinfected fly larvae. The larvae are applied to t...

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7.  Induced Seizures

Tested by Hungarian pathologist Ladislas von Meduna, seizure therapy was used as a means to treat those who were suffering from schizophrenia. He came to this idea after examining facts and realizing that about 16.5% of patients with epilepsy who developed psychotic symptoms were relieved of their epilepsy. After he found a solution to use, includi...

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6.  Electroconvulsive Treatment (ECT)

In 1938, electroconvulsive treatment became known after Ugo Cerletti, an Italian psychiatrist, thought that because pigs were shocked into unconsciousness to make it easier for them to be slaughtered, that this would mirror similarly when it came to treating those who were mentally ill. Many believe that the electroconvulsive treatment works becaus...

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5.  Fire cupping

Fire cupping doesn’t take much explanation as it is exactly what you would think it to be from the name. This technique has been around for a long time, as archaeologists have found evidence of its use dating back to 1,000 B.C. This healing technique involves using a vacuum that is created by heated air that is warmed with fire that is then put i...

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4.  Trepanation

Trepanation is one of the few techniques on this list that is at times still used, but today is much more safe, reliable, and effective. Trepanation involves scraping or drilling a hole into the skull in order to expose the dura mater. The purpose of this is to relieve pressure and treat ailments such as intracranial diseases. It is said that this ...

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3.  Bloodletting

Bloodletting, sometimes known as “bleeding,” is one of the most ancient and widely used healing techniques in the world. This technique was used by the Mesopotamians, Greeks, Egyptians, Aztecs, Mayans, and many other cultures in the ancient world. It involved the withdrawal of generally a large amount of blood in order to prevent or cure a cert...

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2.  Moxibustion

Moxibustion, often used in Asian locations including Vietnam, Korea, Japan, China, Mongolia, and Tibet, requires the use of mugwort herb, often called moxa. It is one of the most widely used types of traditional techniques. The moxa can be used indirectly or directly. Indirect moxibustion involves grinding the herb into fluff and then using it whil...

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1.  Lobotomies

Lobotomies make the top of the list for being one of the most barbaric and mistaken healing technique ever used in medicine. A lobotomy was used in order to treat many different mental illnesses, including clinical depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and those who were considered “nuisances” by often portraying youthful defiance or mood swings....

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