A thousand-year-old Anglo-Saxon potion has allegedly been found as an impressive cure to a modern superbug.
According to the Daily Mail, microbiologists over at the University of Nottingham have alleged that they’ve found the cure to the MRSA superbug, and it came from this unlikeliest of sources.
Scientists and researchers have confirmed that the potion they’ve used to fight off MRSA includes garlic and cow’s bile. It was originated in the early 10th century, and those involved have confirmed that it’s produced “astonishing” results.
The microbiologists got their hands on the medieval medicine thanks to Bald’s Leechbook, which was a text that had been held at the British Library. The recipe had originally been devised to fight off eye infections.
After they got their hands on the book, experts at the School of English and Centre for Biomolecular Sciences then started to conduct tests by mixing ox gall, wine, and two of either garlic, onion, or leek.
Then, after it was applied to those suffering from the superbug, scientists at both Nottingham and at Texas Tech University confirmed that it worked just as well as the current antibiotics they have at their disposal. They did also confirm that it wasn’t 100 percent effective though, but insisted that it destroyed about 90 percent of the bacteria.
Scientists looking for reasons for its success believe that it’s down to the “brewing” methods that were used during the Anglo-Saxon era.
Dr. Frey Harrison, who is a microbiologist at the University of Nottingham and worked extensively with Dr. Steve Diggle and Dr. Aled Roberts on the experiment, has now explained that she expected some improvement from the use of this salve, but admitted she was astonished by the results.
“We thought that Bald’s eye salve might show a small amount of antibiotic activity,” she stated, “because each of the ingredients has been shown by other researchers to have some effect on bacteria in the lab. But we were absolutely blown away by just how effective the combination of ingredients was.”
Harrison explained that they tested the potion in a variety of conditions too, as they looked to see how the concoction fared against MRSA in different locales.
Harrison added, “Unlike many modern antibiotics, Bald’s eye salve has the power to breach these defences.”
Dr. Christina Lee has been credited with coming up with the idea of using the 1,000-year-old cure, and she explained, “We believe modern research into disease can benefit from past responses and knowledge, which is largely contained in non-scientific writings.”
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