here are seven of the most bizarre medicaltreatments in the world. these ridiculous remedies are sure to make you cringe. number 7: maggot therapythe first modern clinical studies of maggot therapy were created in 1989 at uc irvine'sveterans affairs medical center in long beach, california. it is a controlled, debridement,germ-free, therapeutic use of live blow fly larvae or maggots to treat skin & soft tissuewounds. this method was first seen by an american surgeon named william baer, who used it naturallyon cuts & wounds of soldiers during world war i. but it was not looked into furtheruntil the late 1980s. some treatments maggot therapy is popularfor are pressure ulcers, stasis ulcers, neuropathic
foot ulcers, & non-healing traumatic or post-surgerywounds. medical maggots are, in fact, grown by the food and drug administration strictlyfor medical use. so how exactly does maggot therapy work? toprevent the maggots from wandering & to keep the wound clean, the maggots are smeared ontothe wound for 2 to 3 days within a special paste. the maggots then clean the wound bydissolving dead & infected tissue through the use of their digestive enzyme. the bacteriain the wound are then destroyed by its secretion of antimicrobial molecules. they ingest & killmicrobes within their stomach & dissolve biofilm. this is technically how the maggots stimulatenew tissue to grow. since medicinal maggots cannot dissolve orfeed on healthy tissue, their natural instinct
is to crawl elsewhere as soon as the woundsare clean or the larvae are full. maggot therapy can be prescribed by any licensed physicianin the u.s. but not all fly species can be used for this method of treatment. the exactspecies of flies used in maggot therapy are blow flies, or more commonly known as thegreen blow fly. these flies have been tested for safety & efficiency over the course of12 years. since 2011, the numbers of wounds treated through the use of maggot therapyhas reached 50,000 cases worldwide. number 6: honey-coated cadaver consumptionin 16th-century arabia, some elderly men would offer their lives for mummification in honeyin hopes that the people can use their bodily fluids for further treatment. this bizarremethod is known today as the honey-coated
cadaver diet. in order for the treatment towork successfully, the soaking process begins prior to death. they would have an all-honeydiet by bathing in & consuming the sweet nectar. they saw this consumption as a long-term investmentin the body. ultimately, your bodily fluids are turned into honey; this includes yourfeces & sweat secreting as honey as well. once they die, the bodies of the men are thenmarinated in honey-filled stone tombs or coffins. the dead bodies are left inside there forat least a century. after mummification is complete, the body heads out to the blackmarket for people to use to treat broken bones & other ailments. number 5: the tapeworm diettapeworms are segmented, ribbon-like parasitic
worms known for sucking up their host's digestivesystem. they can infect many different hosts such as dogs, cows, fishes, pigs, & sheep.humans are infected by eating raw or undercooked meat from an infected animal. although theycan be deadly, these parasites have been used by some in a desperate attempt to lose weightfast in a dieting method known as the tapeworm diet. what many don't realizeâ€”besides the factthat it's a trendy way to lose weight that's sweeping the dieting worldâ€”is that it'salso extremely risky & hazardous. use of the tapeworm diet may result in the formationof cysts in the brain, eyes, liver, & spinal cord. additionally, these parasites will happilygrow & lay eggs along the walls of your intestinal
tract, where they fight for vitamins & otheressential nutrients. this may result in a nutritional deficiency & blockages withinthe intestine. the way this diet works is that the tapewormdirectly disturbs your digestion & nutrient absorption, meaning you can take in more caloriesthan normal while at the same time, lose weight. this method can result in a loss of one totwo pounds per week, although the patient will keep developing tapeworms in their body.these worms can grow up to 30 feet long. once the person is at a weight that they're happywith, a detoxing agent must be drank in order to kill off the parasites & ultimately ridthem from the digestive system. the tapeworm diet is currently illegal inthe united states, but there are still treatment
locations in mexico where beef tapeworm cystsare administered to willing individuals for the price of about $1,500 u.s. dollars. number 4: snail syrupfor centuries, one of the best cures for cough & other ailments comes from gastropods; ormore commonly known as snails. in fact, regular garden snails can be used to retrieve theirslime as they contain certain animalized mucilage. this slime can differ in quality & look basedon the season, environmental conditions, & the snail's food sources. from ancient greeceall the way to the middle ages, it was used medicinally to treat gastrointestinal ulcers& sore throats. the exact process of creating snail syrupis as follows: first, a garden snail must
be found early in the morning while dew isstill on it. it must then be beaten to death by breaking its shell & slit open. both theslime & the carcass must be placed in a bag with about half a pound of sugar. by mixingthese substances together, an extractable & valuable slime is created. these days, snail slime is also used in thecosmetics field by many different companies for skin treatment. as a matter of fact, snailsecretion has a double function for human skin: it prevents skin aging & helps promotecollagen growth. additionally, some have been known to take a snail, stab it, then waitfor the juice to come out, which they then take & insert into their ears to cure theirearaches. the tribal people of cameroon have
also been known to use snail slime to treattheir burns. number 3: dead mouse pastedead mouse paste is a treatment method that originated in ancient egypt. because egyptis a country that sits on sand, it was difficult for people to prevent sand from blowing intothere food, especially at outdoor markets & eateries. the grittiness of the sand would,in turn, wear down the enamel covering the tooth & thus expose blood vessels & nerves.with hopes that a dead mouse would cure toothaches, the egyptians would cut a mouse in half, mashit up, then spread the paste over aching teeth or other body parts. sometimes they'd evenblend the mouse with other ingredients, resulting in a heavy duty paste designed for strongerpain.
but the ancient egyptians weren't the onlyones that made use of the dead mouse paste method. during elizabethan england, it waswidely popular primarily for treating warts. the elizabethans included mice in their culinarydishes, eating them fried or baked in pies. other illnesses they would treat using deadmouse paste are smallpox, bed-wetting, whooping cough, & measles. number 2: malaria injectionbelieve it or not, but the malaria virusâ€”found in mosquitos dwelling along african riversâ€”can& is used medicinally to cure syphilis. before the development of antibiotics in modern medicine,psychiatrists were looking for ways to naturally cure syphilis. one psychiatrist in particularnamed julius wagner won a noble peace prize
in his pursuit of biological methods to treatdifferent diseases. in fact, he is only one of three people ever in the history of psychiatryto have discovered a cure from natural substances. dr. wagner worked at a psychiatric asylumin austria that regularly received patients, most of whom were transferred there with avariety of illnesses such as typhoid or pneumonia. he figured that many of these same illnesseshad a direct correlation with fluctuations in body temperature. therefore, by injectingmalaria into the body, the patient would experience an extremely high fever with a quick risein the body's temperature & making the patient feel as if their body was burning. but itis this same rise in body temperature & heat that worked so effectively in killing offthe syphilis bacteria.
although it is rare, the malaria injectionmethod can still be found to this day in some parts of the world. number 1: trephinationtrephination is the process of drilling, scraping, or chiseling a hole into one's cranium withoutthe use of anesthesia. it was used during ancient times before any sort of pain-numbingagents were developed. trephination is rooted in the belief that the amount of blood ina person's brain is what's responsible for their well-being & state of consciousness. the process begins by removing a piece ofskull bone. this exposes what's known as the dura mater, or the thick membrane that surroundsthe brain & spinal cord. ancient surgeons
were able to do this without destroying vitalblood vessels & meninges in the brain. blood is then drained in order to relieve pressurein the skull. it's been said that this practice was a fitting cure for a range of problemssuch as migraines, seizures, mental disorders, & intracranial disease. trephination was also used during emergencysurgeries on patients who had fractured their skulls after receiving bad head wounds bydraining the pool of blood commonly found in the skull following severe injuries. practitionersof trephination were said to have experimented with varying methods by drilling differenthole sizes into the head to compare how much pressure a given hole size can relieve & whetheror not it has a direct correlation with the
patient's recovery time. shown here is another bizarre medical treatmentknown as leech therapy. find out more about it today at theywillkillyou.com by clickingon the link in the top right corner of your screen.