Medicine has advanced so far throughout the world that we sometimes forget how the medical field operated only 100 years ago. Unfortunately, these outdated methods may still be used among some of the most primitive populations remaining. Not too long ago, the world around us was its own doctor’s office. Plant extracts and parts were the most commonly used medication, but at times living organisms, such as insects, were used to aid the healing process.
Ants. One of the purposes ants have served in the medical field was to help suture flesh wounds together. Large enough ants with big mandibles are incredibly strong for their tiny size. They were nature’s stitches. Starting at one of the laceration, and closing the open would with the other, the applicator would take one ant in the hand and place its head directly on the wound. As the ant would bite down on each side of the skin, the applicator would then twist off the body of the ant, leaving the head engaged and locked onto the flesh. The process was then repeated until the entire wound was closed securely by our helpful little friends. This method was historically documented to be used among the early Greek and Egyptians.
Leeches. Need a hematologist on the cheap? Go to your nearest infested pond and round up a couple of leeches. They’ll do the job for you, and won’t even ask or care if you have insurance. As nature’s bloodsuckers, leeches have been used to regulate blood flow throughout the body. If the body was struggling to filter blood during clotting, leeches were applied in order to help with anti-coagulation. This process was especially used during surgery, which at times was vital in the preservation body parts or the figure of the flesh.
Maggots. Need a low-cost surgeon? Look no further. Next time you find fresh maggots feeding on your leftover food from the night before, gather them up and save them for the next time you need to scrape away dead and useless flesh from your body, or that of a friend or loved-one. When applied correctly, maggots will not eat live, warm flesh. They will, however, eat it if it is dead. Dead flesh, in left unattended, can infect healthy flesh. In primitive times, even medical professionals had trouble scraping away dead flesh while not harming the living. The process was extremely delicate and human hands were a bit too strong at times. Maggots carry out this process perfectly, leaving heathly flesh in tact and exposed for further medical treatment, while applying virture no pressure on the wound.
While this method was used centuries ago around the world, and it is recorded that trained medical personnel used this very method during World War I and II in the field of battle, where medical supplies at times began to run low.
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