The history of medicine is filled with wild stories of bizarre healing methods and medical treatments that revolve around pain and death. Despite the goodwill and honest attempts of many doctors and scientists throughout the years to find the most humane treatment and healing process for human pain and disease the results have been extremely painful and harmful, in some cases even worse than the initial health problem. Here are 25 examples of some of the craziest medical treatments in history. Let’s just say that it’s good to live in modern times.
20. Scorpions Used to Cure Sexual Diseases
Most of us usually get jittery at the mere thought of being in the same room with a scorpion, but in many villages in the Lopburi province near Bangkok people use wine fermented with scorpions to cure conditions like sexual impotence. According to local traditions it is believed that scorpions help in the treatment of a number of diseases, usually sexual ones, and they are particularly popular among the male population. Admittedly, the worse part about this one is that there are people who still believe and practice such medical treatments in 2014.
15. Crocodile Dung for Birth Control
Another shocking medical “advancement” comes once again from ancient Egypt. Dried crocodile dung was very expensive to find and the men who could afford it bought it for women to insert into their vaginas, believing that it would soften as it reached their normal body temperature to form an impenetrable barrier. Naturally, instead of a successful birth control the only thing they ended up with were serious infections in the sensitive area, which often led to death or other diseases.
10. Dead Mouse Paste for Tooth Pain
The ancient Egyptians are known for contributing a lot of things to civilization but the cure for toothache just isn’t one of them. Why? Well in ancient Egypt, just by mashing and blending a dead mouse with other ingredients and putting this “special” paste in your mouth (JUST GROSS) your tooth pain was supposed to be relieved. Needless to say, many users ended up dying from other more serious diseases caused by the dead mouse’s dirty body.
5. Healing Hemorrhoids with Hot Irons
Thanks to modern medicine there are many ways to handle severe cases of hemorrhoids that don’t involve much pain, but unfortunately for our ancestors things weren’t as ideal. Back in the day, there weren’t any effective painkillers or high-tech lasers to get rid of hemorrhoids surgically. All the doctors had was a plain cautery iron to burn those swollen veins into oblivion and need I remind you, anesthesia was a medical unknown at this point.