7 Bizarre Healing Treatments

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In today's world, when we think of medical treatments, all that we know are about surgeries, medicines and chemotherapies.

However, do you know that there are certain other odd or bizarre therapies that were used to heal a sick human?

In this article, we are here to share some of the bizarre healing treatments that have been used by ancient doctors.

Some of these practices can make us wonder even how a lame man could think of these processes. These healing processes were quite painful, yet were truly effective. But this was not the case in all the healing treatments.

So, find out more about these bizarre healing treatments and their processes that people followed. We are sure this is going to leave a scar on your brain, as some of the treatments were really quite painful.

Electroconvulsive Treatment (ECT)

In 1938, a psychiatrist named "Ugo Cerletti" came up with this unique technique of electroconvulsive treatment, which was used on pigs generally before slaughtering them. This helped people to lose consciousness and believe that after the treatment the brain would re-route itself. Now, that is strange!

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Fire cupping

This treatment has been used since 1,000 B.C. This healing technique involves using a vacuum that is created by heated air, which is warmed with fire and then put into a glass cup and held against the patient's skin. This was used to relieve pain related to arthritis and congestion.

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Trepanation

This healing technique involves scraping or drilling a hole in the skull. It is believed to cure ailments such as intracranial diseases. It is believed that it helps to cure migraines, epileptic seizures and many other mental disorders as well. This procedure today is often called craniotomy and is used in the treatment of neurological problems.

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Moxibustion

It is one of the most widely used types of traditional techniques. This technique involves grinding of the herb into fluff and then using it while inserting acupuncture needles into the body. It was used in treating feverish diseases as well as weaknesses or even to relieve the side effects of epilepsy.


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Lobotomies

This healing treatment was one of the most barbaric techniques ever to be used in the history of medicine. This "so called" treatment helped to treat depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, etc. An ice pick was used to open the head of the patient. It never yielded any good results though, as the patients often turned into a vegetative state, even if they survived this horrendous procedure.

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Bloodletting

This is one of the most ancient and widely used healing techniques in the world. It was used by Mesopotamians, Greeks, Egyptians, Aztecs, Mayans, and many others. In this technique, a large amount of blood is drawn in order to prevent or cure a certain disease or illness. It was believed that once the "contaminated blood" was recovered, it would help in curing the diseases.

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Hirudotherapy

This is also referred to as "the treatment that sucks". This treatment is used to treat certain types of osteoarthritis blood clotting. In this technique, European medical leeches are used instead of leeches that are found in the wild. They are used in the treatment of blood clotting and to relieve the venous pressure of nerves by reducing the swelling and increasing the stimulation of blood.


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Story first published: Thursday, March 17, 2016, 0:39 [IST]
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