Medicine has come a long, long way since the old days when snails and leeches were used to fix problems in the human body. Today, we have highly trained experts who can tackle almost any problem as if they were Gregory House. Back then, however, there were some truly crazy medical treatments that made sure we all would have been terrified. Some of these weren’t very humane. In fact, plenty were downright dangerous, and potentially worse than the health condition plaguing the person in the first place. So, without further ado, here are ten of the craziest medical treatments ever.
Clysters are what people in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries knew as an enema. Back then, the ingredients of a clyster were typically warm water with salt, baking soda, coffee, bran, chamomile, and sometimes honey. They were thought to extend people’s lives.
Dolphin Therapy, which is popular throughout Peru, is thought to help pregnant women if the dolphin touches their bellies. The fetus’ neuronal development is said to be drastically improved after the therapy.