Thousand-year-old medical treatment may cure antibiotic-resistant infections

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

April 14, 2015

Medical practices from the "Dark Ages" are usually discounted, but the recent discovery that a 1000-year-old remedy for eye infections may cure antibiotic-resistant infections may change that.

The recipe, found in Bald's Leechbook (an old English text known as one of the earliest medical textbooks), contains ingredients such as garlic, onion and or leek, wine, and oxgall (bile from a cow's stomach).

Researchers followed the recipe as closely as possible, including letting it stand for nine days before straining it. They decided to test the finished recipe on cultures of MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. The recipe worked, while it didn't wipe out all of the cells, it wiped out enough cells (think billions) to be considered a success.

Researchers in the United States have performed similar tests on lab mice with similar success rates. In each case, the Dark Ages medical treatment performed better than the regular antibiotic treatment.

Source: CNN