10 Weird Medieval Medical Cures

4. Common cold, phlegm and cough


The cure for phlegm and common cold were surprisingly well developed in the middle ages. The medicine practitioners of that age had obviously observed the curative nature of certain herbs and other ingredients like sugar, which is noted for its salutary effect on chest. One of the common preparation involved such ingredients as horehound herbs, barley soaked water and sugar.

3. Bald’s leechbook


This remedy, mentioned in a 1000 year old Anglo-Saxon manuscript, has stirred the interest of modern scientists. Its remedy mentions use of onion, garlic and part of bovine stomach which was commonly used to treat certain kinds of eye infections. What has caught the eye of scientists is that this preparation might have helped in wiping out a certain variety of antibiotic resistant superbug.