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Could an ancient medicine become a modern cure?

A page from Bald’s Leechbook/Wikipedia/Public Domain

According to medical researchers, a thousand-year-old medicine prescribed for infected eyes, called Bald’s Eyesalve, could be a modern cure for diabetic foot ulcers. Particularly those that are resistant to modern antibodies.

The eye salve recipe found in an ancient medical book, Bald’s Leechbook, written sometime in the ninth century, includes garlic, wine, onion and bile salts. According to researchers each of those four ingredients contains “anti bacterial properties or compounds.”

The Daily Mail explains:

We have shown that a medieval remedy made from onion, garlic, wine, and bile can kill a range of problematic bacteria grown both planktonically and as biofilms,’ said Dr Freya Harrison from the University of Warwick.

‘Because the mixture did not cause much damage to human cells in the lab, or to mice, we could potentially develop a safe and effective antibacterial treatment from the remedy.’

The researchers also noted that their experiments revealed that that though each ingredient listed in Bald’s Eyesalve has antibacterial properties, they were most effective when combined into one solution.

READ: Thousand-year-old medieval remedy known as ‘Bald’s Eyesalve’ containing onion, garlic, wine, and bile salts could be used to treat diabetic foot ulcers that are resistant to antibiotics

This wasn’t the first time, that one of the ingredients listed in Bald’s Eyesalve was a recommended form of treatment. The Apostle Paul told Timothy:

23 No longer drink water exclusively, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments. (1 Timothy 5:23 NASV)

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