Unfortunately and unsurprisingly, Africa’s inhabitant-to-doctor ratio is over 100 times that of its North American counterparts. Thankfully, organizations like Doctors of the World are taking meaningful measures to combat the dearth of doctors in one of the world’s most impoverished areas.
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Frog juice is a concoction from Peru that is believed to restore the sex drive of its drinker. The Peruvian Viagra is a mixture of honey, aloe vera plant, an Andean root plant and – as the name suggests – a no longer ribbiting frog.
In the Czech Republic, the effective treatment of sore muscles and joints, relaxation and improved complexion can all be achieved through one thing – a beer spa. As the name suggests, the sufferer bathes in beer, where the yeast is said to have cleansing properties.
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The Thomas Jefferson Ritter methods
Originally published in 1910, the Mother’s Remedies: Over One Thousand Tried and Tested Remedies from Mothers of the United States and Canada by Dr. Thomas Jefferson Ritter had a host of peculiar panaceas for common ailments. Among the bizarre medical treatments, Dr. Ritter prescribed cocaine for nasal congestion; an olive oil, ammonia, egg and turpentine concoction or cocaine for sore throat; inhaling chloroform for asthma; and a mixture of cannabis and lard for acne.
In the Middle Ages, cataracts were removed by inserting a sharp instrument – a knife or large needle – through the cornea and forcing the lens of the eye out of its capsule. So if your only Ophthalmological woe is in regards to your uncomfortable contacts, be thankful.