Anglo-Saxon Remedy Cures MRSA Superbug

Tara Dodrill

An Anglo-Saxon remedy consisting primarily of cow bile can reportedly cure the MRSA superbug. The 1,000-year-old mixture, which was used during the medieval era to cure eye infections, was discovered in an old manuscript in a British library. MRSA is typically resistant to many antibiotics and can often result in death.

Doctor Christina Lee of Nottingham University mixed up some of the antibacterial remedy from the 10th Century to see if it would really work. Dr. Lee is now maintaining that the Anglo-Saxon remedy does indeed cure the MRSA superbug.

The Bald's Leechbook containing the Anglo-Saxon remedy is reportedly considered one of the earliest known medical textbooks and contains a multitude of medieval medical advice, recipes for medicines, salves, and treatments.

The Anglo-Saxon MRSA remedy once used as an eye salve, calls for wine, Allium - garlic and leek or onion, wine, and oxgall - which is bile from the stomach of a cow. A brass pot is used to brew the superbug remedy. Once mixed together, the MRSA cure is strained in order to purify the concoction. After the medieval eye salve remedy has been left to sit for nine days, it is ready to use, according to the instructions found, and followed, by Dr. Lee.

Dr. Lee and the others involved with recreating the Anglo-Saxon remedy never actually expected the mixture to cure or heal anything. When the microbiologists involved with the project tested the results, they reportedly found that not only did the medieval eye salve actually heal styes, but it also cured the potentially deadly MRSA superbug.

None of the experts really expected the concoction to work. But when it was tested, microbiologists were amazed to find that not only did the salve clear up styes, but it also tackled the deadly superbug MRSA, which is resistant to many antibiotics.

Dr. Lee had something to say about the success the team experienced with the Anglo-Saxon MRSA superbug remedy.

"We were genuinely astonished at the results of our experiments in the lab. We believe modern research into disease can benefit from past responses and knowledge, which is largely contained in non-scientific writings. But the potential of these texts to contribute to addressing the challenges cannot be understood without the combined expertise of both the arts and science. Medieval leech books and herbaria contain many remedies designed to treat what are clearly bacterial infections, weeping wounds/sores, eye and throat infections, skin conditions such as erysipelas, leprosy and chest infections."

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