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10 Bizarre Ancient Healing Methods (And Some Are Still Used Today!)

Are  you ready to squirm? If you’re the type to moan and complain about the systems of healing we use in today’s world, have a look at some of these I found around the internet! By the time you’ve finished reading you’ll be grateful for what you’ve got!!!


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 leeches found in the wild as in the past. Leeches are used to treat ailments such as blood clotting, to relieve venous pressure, to reduce swelling, to stimulate blood flow, and also to treat certain types of osteoarthritis. Today, hirudotherapy is used in many countries after its growing popularity after the 1990s.

Read more: http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-bizarre-healing-techniques.php#ixzz2CCNXhwhU


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 certain disease or illness. It was widely used up until about the 19th century, which gives it a time span of about 2,000 years. Though many claimed that bloodletting worked as it got rid of “contaminated blood” and restored balance to the four humors, it often harmed those who underwent the procedure. The theory of this type of healing was based upon menstruation, as many saw this event as an act of a woman losing her “bad humors.” Today, the practice is rarely used except for a few special ailments and has been replaced by blood transfusions.

Read more: http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-bizarre-healing-techniques.php#ixzz2CCOY4Vg3


This home remedy was used in Europe during medieval times and is still used today in some parts of the world. You collect a bunch of black ants, dry them out and mix them with white wine. It is believed that whosoever drinks this concoction will become quite ‘feisty’ in the bedroom!

Read more: http://healthmad.com/alternative/12-incredibly-weird-wacky-and-bizarre-home-remedies-from-tradition-to-folktale/#ixzz2CCPQ4x22


Since the start of civilization animal droppings have been used to cure just about anything. Ancient Egyptians used it for skin ailments. It is also used to treat and cure headaches, cure the blind, rid people of intestinal parasites, jaundice, epilepsy and many other ailments and purposes. Animal dung is still a popular used and wide spread treatment today. Now you know what to do with your doggie pooh!

Read more: http://healthmad.com/alternative/12-incredibly-weird-wacky-and-bizarre-home-remedies-from-tradition-to-folktale/#ixzz2CCPnpAqO


Another healing method that uses insects is maggot debridement therapy. Essentially, that means that you’re allowing maggots to eat away at your flesh. As disgusting as this sounds, the practice is actually becoming very popular. These nasty, wriggling insects are used to clean up non-healing wounds and speed up their healing pace. This works because the maggots will only eat away at dead or infected tissue and leave healthy tissue alone.

Read more : http://www.chacha.com/gallery/4370/8-crazy-healing-methods/41393


Most people will run away when a bee is trying to sting them, but a few crazy ones actually want to get stung! The practice of bee sting therapy involves applying multiple stings to an area in an effort to heal conditions like arthritis.This method has been used by the Chinese for over 3,000 years, and they claim that the stings have anti-inflammatory properties.

Read more: http://www.chacha.com/gallery/4370/8-crazy-healing-methods/41401


This procedure consists of introducing liquids into the rectum or colon. This procedure would cause the intestines to inflate causing all the backed up toxins to evacuate the body. This was seen as a way of administering drugs into the system for faster relief of upset stomachs.

Read more: 10 Bizarre Methods Of Treatment – Weird Worm


It was believed that a person of the pagan faith could heal a person. If the person who was sick was visited by a pagan, and this healer looked under a rock and found a living insect, then it was assumed that the patient would survive the sickness. The sick people were then asked to repent for their sins. They were told that this would help in the curing process.

Read more: 10 Bizarre Methods Of Treatment – Weird Worm


Urine isn’t waste, it’s nourishment! In fact, one website touting urine therapy even says that “urine can be compared to the leftovers from a meal”. Yum. Drinking one’s own urine is said by some to cure a wide range of ills including cancer, heart disease, allergies, diabetes and asthma.

Read more: http://webecoist.momtastic.com/2010/07/05/12-most-bizarre-modern-alternative-medical-treatments/


Have you noticed that many golfers tend to wear a strange pendant while out on the course? That little black or silver triangular pendant isn’t a fashion statement. Many golfers swear by the ‘Q-Link’ pendant, which is said to increase mental and physical performance and lower stress levels by recharging your ‘biofield’, an invisible energy force that extends beyond the body and can be affected by all sorts of daily disturbances like electromagnetism.

Read more: http://webecoist.momtastic.com/2010/07/05/12-most-bizarre-modern-alternative-medical-treatments/


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5 thoughts on “10 Bizarre Ancient Healing Methods (And Some Are Still Used Today!)

  1. Love your list of wild things. There are a few I feel would do a great job, such as the maggots, and bee stings,however I probably would forgo the majority. I think it’s great to see how far – or not- we’ve progressed. 🙂

    Posted by Candia Sanders | November 17, 2012, 12:51 am
  2. Yaz, I’m sorry but I had to skip over a lot of these. lol I just couldn’t bring myself read most of them. I was squirming in my seat. The urine therapy I have heard of but not drinking it part. Someone I know had an eye infection years ago and she had healed her infection with her own urine. That therapy I would possibly consider if I ran out of options, but not to drink thank you very much. 🙂

    Posted by Suzanne McRae | November 17, 2012, 1:09 am
  3. Hmmmmm… Hopefully, Yaz, I won’t have need for any of these ‘Healing Methods’…! 🙂

    Posted by carolynpageabc | November 17, 2012, 3:08 am
  4. Eww!! But I believe in everything so maybe the placebo effect means all of these lovely methods would work for me!!! I will stick with traditional and acupuncture for now though, thanks….

    Posted by Joy is now | November 17, 2012, 12:37 pm
  5. Yaz, this was great! Enormously interesting 🙂

    As for the black ants, I wouldn’t be inclined to eat them, WINE or no wine! Truly – I don’t get the connection at all.
    Maggots – foul. But I didn’t know they leave healthy flesh alone – that is fascinating. And the blood letting? EXTREME. Fancy they thought menstruation was women getting rid of bad humors… It’s pretty amazing, in all, that we still use some old methods. I’d rather a leach than a maggot.

    Posted by WordsFallFromMyEyes | November 17, 2012, 4:47 pm

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