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A Collection of Weird, Strange and Odd Cures From Around The World

“An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away” – There is no evidence to substantiate this saying. Apples do not contain any magical ingredients. However, they do give us much of the potassium we need. Thus, combined with other minerals, helps to keep us healthy.

Strange and Odd Cures Around the World

By Mr Ghaz, June 9, 2010

Strange and Odd Cures Around the World

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“An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away” – There is no evidence to substantiate this saying. Apples do not contain any magical ingredients. However, they do give us much of the potassium we need. Thus, combined with other minerals, helps to keep us healthy.

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The flowers of the Lily of the Valley being closely stopped up in glass, put into an anthill and taken away a month later, ye shall find a liquor in the glass which, being outwardly applied, helpeth gout.

A mixture of water lily roots and tar was supposed to be cure for baldness.

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Inserting a live louse into a tooth cavity was once regarded as a cure for toothache.

Anyone suffering the agonies of toothache was instantly relieved by merely smelling a dead man’s tooth.

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An Ancient Egypt it was believed that toothache was caused by a demon that took the form of a worm and invaded teeth.

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Mole blood was once used as a cure for warts.

Warts: put three drops of the blood of a wart into an elder leaf and bury it in the earth and the warts will vanish away.

The powdered flesh of a mummy was of sovereign power in physic, especially for contusions, where it prevented the blood from settling and coagulating at the injured part.

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Snails boiled in barley water are a sovereign cure for an ordinary cough.

Old Remedies for tuberculosis included eating a mixture of snails dissolved in salt and inhaling the fumes of cow dung.

Whooping cough can be cured by anyone riding on a piebald horse.

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Frostbite: In cold weather, your toes or fingers may become so cold that blood stops circulating around them. When the blood stops, so does the oxygen and, without oxygen, cells begin to die.

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If frostbite is neglected, it can lead to gangrene which is the death of tissues due to lack of oxygen. Hence you must consult your doctor in serious cases.

The treatment is to apply warmth very gently to the area.

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Gin was originally invented as a medicine in the Netherlands over four hundred years ago. It was used for the treatment of kidney disorders, gout, rheumatism and bladder complaints and it was brought over to England by soldiers. It proved popular and soon gin-shops opened all over the country showing outside the sign “Drunk for penny, dead drunk for tuppence”.

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It was once widely believed in England that blackheads, boils, eczema, rheumatism and whooping-cough could be cured by crawling through a bramble-bush.

An old Yorkshire cure for whooping-cough called for chopped hairs from a donkey’s back to be eaten on bread and butter.

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Many countrymen in England used to wear the skin of an adder around their hats as a way of avoiding headaches.During the Middle Ages a cure for chilblains involved the patient sitting with his legs tightly crossed and thrashing himself with holly.

An old but smelly cure for sprained wrists involved soaking a red rag in a mixture of urine and salt and tying it around the wrist.

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The heart-shaped leaves of the ordinary wood sorrel were remedial in cardiac cases.

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Chilblains should be rubbed well with a mouse skin or the sufferer should roll his feet and ankles in hot embers.

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  1. Amazing cures, really. Great write my friend.
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  2. This was indeed strange and unproved scientifically cure. Liked it.

  3. Strange and odd indeed Mr G. I don’t think I would enjoy donkey hairs on my bread butter. :)

  4. nice article!

  5. A joy to read these interesting facts

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