Horrible Ancient Medical Practices we still have Today

Mar 07, 2021 By Kayode Oseh
Medical science and its advancements have propelled humans so far ahead that its rudimentary foundations can easily be discarded as crumbs from bygone eras. But as it has turned out to be, it seem that there are still a lot of practices from the ancient times that we will continue to find it difficult to replace. Not that they do not have alternatives but because they seem to still be very reliable. 
Here are some horrifying or rather barbarous ancient medical treatments that are suppose to be outdated, but they still some how made it into our modern era for some clever reasons.  

Maggot Therapy

Right from the days of JOB in the Old testament, was the use of this medicine, the "maggot therapy". It is famous for its healing effects, and its usefulness has continued through out history. It was one of the healing processes adopted during the American civil war, where maggots was used to cure soldiers of their infected injuries. 


Trepanation is a gruesome but effective medical procedure our forefathers engaged in. It involves drilling a hole deep into the skull in order to cure certain diseases. While today's headaches would call for Panadol or aspirin, headaches during the Paleolithic and Medieval eras called for trepanation. Scientists believed that the most common medical reason for trepanation was to relieve pain from skull trauma or to cure neurological disease like seizures, cerebral hemorrhage, depression and other mental problems. Some form of trepanation still exist today with the modern name "craniotomy". 

Leech Therapy